Saturday 24 February 2018

Why Joan Burton is wrong about the minimum wage

Ciaran Cannon

THE CSO has recently confirmed that, for the first time in over half a decade, the number of people at work in Ireland is slowly beginning to rise. We are now creating over 1,000 new private-sector jobs a month, a welcome contrast to the loss of 7,000 jobs per month under our previous Government. Ireland is in the first stages of an economic rebirth and at this very sensitive time we shouldn't do anything to jeopardise the chances of thousands of our people to get back to work, in particular young people.

Last week, my colleague Joan Burton argued that the State was subsidising low wages through social welfare supports and that we should contemplate increasing our minimum wage to create a "living wage".

However, one of the unintended consequences of such an increase could be a reversal of our good work to date in the area of job creation.

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