Making Work Pay
Labour Party Manifesto

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Standing up for a Living Wage and fairer pay for all

A good job requires a decent wage which ensures that a worker’s hourly pay provides for a good standard of living without relying on State supports.

Labour in Government has increased the National Minimum Wage by €3,000 per year for those in full time work, reinstated Joint Labour Committees and Sectoral Employment Orders and began the process of unwinding public sector pay cuts.

Our plan for the next five years:

  • Ensure Government leads by example and becomes a Living Wage employer by 2018
  • Ensure that the Living Wage is progressively extended to State-procured services in the areas of security, cleaning and hospitality
  • Direct the Low Pay Commission to target a Minimum Wage of 60% of median earnings by 2021
  • Negotiate a new public sector pay deal in 2018 in advance of the end of the existing Lansdowne Road Agreement