Colette Browne: If Burton's ideas on a fair wage would help growth, we should discuss them
Published 13/11/2013 | 02:00
Three years after David Cameron declared that the living wage was "an idea whose time had come", Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has floated the idea of its introduction in this country.
In a speech to Labour members last week, she said a return to full employment "would mean little unless accompanied by a fair wage".
"Low wages and zero-hour contracts are now growing features of the modern work environment ... it is why I've suggested the possibility of introducing a living wage in the future," she said.