Thursday 23 November 2017

'People should be able to live on their wages' - Burton calls for new pay talks

Joan Burton Picture: Tom Burke
Joan Burton Picture: Tom Burke
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The former Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has called on the Government to introduce a "fair wage" for all.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, she explained: "[We should] actually have an economy that functions and does well by fairness - so that when people get a week's wages they're actually able to live on that.

"[It's] not doing what was done during the Celtic Tiger, [when] some sections took far more of their slice of the cake than anybody else," she argued.

The Lansdowne Road Agreement, the latest deal designed to continue restoring salaries, followed the previous Haddington Road Agreement.

"As one agreement came into end, another agreement was established... We need to be fair."

Burton called on the Government to enter "round the table" talks to look at pay distribution in Ireland.

"A range of different sectors in society all have pressures on them and the wings of Brexit coming at them and the unknown changes President Trump will bring.

"I said to the Taoiseach 'would you not have everyone sitting around the table to look at the issue of distribution and sharing in Ireland?'

"We need to take pause and see how can we manage this as best as possible. The Government has to be fair."

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