Unite calls for ‘Wage Recovery Package’ including Minimum Wage increase, enhanced JLCs and new labour rights legislation
March 29th: Commenting on figures showing that over a quarter of all workers are officially described as low-paid, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly today (Sunday March 29th) said that Government intervention is crucial to end what he termed “Ireland’s low pay crisis”. Unite’s latest economic comment, drawing on research from the Nevin Economic Research Institute, is available for download here.
“Not only does Ireland now have a low pay crisis – we also have a widening gap between wages at the bottom, which are falling, and those at the top which are rising.
What wage growth is happening is confined to higher income groups.
“This inequality gap is bad for the workers concerned, bad for society and bad for the economy.
“Unite is calling on the Government to introduce a ‘Wage Recovery Package’ of measures to address the low pay crisis. This would include raising the Minimum Wage by a Euro to €9.65 per hour, strengthening and extending JLCs, and introducing comprehensive labour rights legislation to bring us into line other EU members. Such legislation would implement the EU Directive on Part-Time Working, enabling workers to take up extra hours; end exploitative low-hours contracts; and put overtime pay and collective bargaining rights on a statutory footing.
“Addressing the low pay crisis is critical if we are to have a sustainable, wage-led recovery”, Jimmy Kelly concluded.