Thursday 8 December 2016

Wage increases were hard-earned and restore dignity to the Irish workforce

Ged Nash

Published 22/07/2015 | 02:30

Commission chariman Donal De Buitleir and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton launch the report. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Commission chariman Donal De Buitleir and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton launch the report. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Yesterday was an important day for the low-paid in this country. For the first time, an independent body outside of party politics produced a report on what the minimum wage should be.

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The Low Pay Commission, which I set up earlier this year, is recommending that the National Minimum Wage be increased by 50 cent to €9.15 per hour. It has examined evidence, taken submissions and consulted directly with those who are on the minimum wage and those who pay the minimum wage.

Already, there is widespread disagreement on the figure. For some business representative groups, it is too high and they are already making sweeping statements that it will cause jobs to be lost and competitiveness to be eroded and will stymie job creation.

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