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Low Pay Commission recommends rise in minimum wage

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:52 AM

Ged Nash

“The establishment of the Low Pay Commission illustrates the Government’s determination to tackle the challenge of low pay in a structured and sustainable fashion,” Minister Ged Nash said this week following the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission to increase the Minimum Wage.

Currently the minimum wage is €8.65 and was last increased in 2011 by €1, the Low Pay Commission has recommended the National Minimum Wage should rise by 50cent to €9.15 an hour.

“Making work pay is a cornerstone of the Government’s dignity at work agenda. For a full time worker on the national minimum wage hourly rate, a 50cent per hour increase will mean a pay rise in excess of €1,000 per year. There are some 120,000 workers who are likely to benefit from such an increase,” Minister Nash said.

The recommendation was also welcomed by the Tánaiste Joan Burton who said she looked forward to implementing the recommendation.

“This Government has brought about economic recovery and we can build a decade of growth, jobs and opportunity on that foundation and raise living standards across the board.”

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