Thursday 23 March 2017

We need to create jobs, not kill off those we're clinging on to

Introducing proposals to take more money from wages of the lower paid will help no one, writes Willie O'Dea

Amid much noise from the government benches I attempted to find out when the Government will legislate for changes to the Joint Labour Committees (JLC) system in the Dail last Wednesday, a system set up by Sean Lemass after World War Two to ensure decent pay and working conditions for employees in a range of such industries as hotels, catering and retail.

After some prompting from Pat Rabbitte, the Taoiseach eventually managed to tell me that Richard Bruton would bring his proposals to Cabinet at the end of June.

That did not answer the question I asked and the exchanges and banter did hint that the Government was even more in the dark now than it originally seemed.

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