Taoiseach to answer questions on 'insulting' recommended increase to minimum wage

Taoiseach to answer questions on 'insulting' recommended increase to minimum wage

Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to be questioned today by a Cork TD on the increase in the national minimum wage being recommended by the Low Pay Commission.

Irish Congress of Trade Unions representatives walked out of the Low Pay Commission last night when it decided to recommend a 10 cent increase in the national minimum wage next year.

The minimum wage rate is currently set at €10.10 per hour and a 10 cent increase would represent an increase of less than 1%.

Solidarity's Mick Barry has labelled the proposals "insulting".

"Low paid workers in essential jobs played a key role in getting the country through the lockdown earlier this year. The proposal to increase the minimum wage by just 10 cent an hour is an insult to these workers. 

"The Government are due to present the Budget in just three weeks time now - they must be put under real pressure not to insult the low paid with an increase such as this."

The State's official rate for a Living Wage - the minimum sum calculated as necessary for an acceptable standard of living - currently stands at €12.30 an hour.

The Socialist Party of which Deputy Barry is a member campaigns for a national minimum wage of €15 an hour.

Deputy Barry will raise the issue in the Taoiseach's Questions slot on the floor of the Dáil today.

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