Shane Ross: Minimum wage on the table
Published 14/11/2010 | 05:00
HEALTH Minister Mary Harney has raised the prospect of a cut in the minimum wage in December's Budget.
Speaking to the annual dinner of the Irish Pharmacy Union last week, the minister pointed out that Ireland had the second-highest minimum wage in Europe, leaving us open to the charge that the current €8.65-per-hour level was too high a floor for a competitive economy embroiled in an economic crisis.
The minister's words to the pharmacists were the first indication that the Government is intent on a reduction in the minimum wage as part of the hairshirt December 7 Budget, or as a headline reform in the four-year plan due at the end of this month.