Labour 'using living wage for political gain'
Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30
Labour Party ministers have been accused of using their campaign in support of the 'living wage' for political gain while taking no meaningful action in their own government departments.
A series of questions, submitted to the six Labour ministers who sit at the Cabinet table, asked whether they made any effort to ensure staff in their department or contractors were actually paid a minimum of €11.50 an hour.
The replies ranged from ministers Alan Kelly, Brendan Howlin and Alex White, who said they have had no discussion on the issue, to Tánaiste Joan Burton, Ged Nash and Jan O'Sullivan, who said that all legal requirements were followed but did not reference the living wage.
Fianna Fáil spokesman on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary has accused the Labour Party of "using the living wage for political gain while failing to take any meaningful action on the issue".
"The Labour Party has been very vocal on the issue of the living wage, placing itself front and centre of the campaign," he said.
"However, the reality of the situation is very different, and exposes the double standard that Labour ministers have been operating under," he added.
In her response to a parliamentary question, Ms Burton said she was satisfied that her department was compliant with "best practice".