Tuesday 24 April 2018

Shane Ross: Minimum wage on the table

SHANE ROSS

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.

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