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Minister Nash hosts Living Wage forum as Labour pledges to sign up as a Living Wage employer

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 10:04 PM

Living Wage Forum

Speaking at today’s Living Wage forum organized by the Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD, the Tanaiste Joan Burton announced the Labour Party is signing up to be a Living Wage employer.

During his contribution Minister Ged Nash said no one wants to see an economic recovery that creates a growing pool of underpaid workers. He added that he looks forward to Government approval to bring the new minimum wage into effect in the New Year.

“One of my central beliefs is that work should always pay.  I doubt there is anyone here who does not support the concept of ensuring that workers earn enough to live on. As our economy recovers, I believe this is an opportune time to examine how to introduce a campaign which is aimed at promoting decent pay.”

Employers, trade unions, economists, NGOs and other interested parties discussed how a voluntary living wage campaign can be successfully introduced.

It was announced at the Forum that 6 employers have already signed up to be living wage employers. The employers included: IKEA, Cluid Housing, Oxfam, SSE electricity, the Labour Party and the Dublin Food Co-Op.

There was significant support at the Forum from all key stakeholders for a living wage. It is expected that more employers will come on board and become living wage employers.

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