Ireland -Diverging positions on higher minimum wage -March 24, 2015

Some representatives called for the scrapping of Joint Labour Committees which set legally binding wage rates higher than the national minimum wage in other areas.

Employers' groups have warned that any increase in the national minimum wage would have a serious knock-on impact on wages and competitiveness. They claim that such an increase would put upward pressure on pay for those on salaries above the minimum wage. Some representatives called for the scrapping of Joint Labour Committees which set legally binding wage rates higher than the national minimum wage in other areas. During the same meeting other groups, representing women, migrants and the charity, stated that an increase in minimum wage would narrow the gender pay gap, reduce exploitation, and tackle poverty among the working poor. The trade union confederation Irish Congress of Trade Unions said it was vital to provide protection for workers who came forward to pursue their rights on wages and poor contracts.

English: http://www.rte.ie/news/2015 ...  

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


News Archive

Loading...