Ireland -Forum on living wages prepared -March 02, 2015

The government has published draft legislation aimed at establishing a commission on low pay. The forum will include trade unions, employers and representatives of civil society. It will have to discuss the meaning of a living wage ‘in a structured way’.

The government has published draft legislation aimed at establishing a commission on low pay. The forum will include trade unions, employers and representatives of civil society. It will have to discuss the meaning of a living wage ‘in a structured way’. This commission is to be given the power to recommend the national minimum wage should be increased progressively over time. However, the Government is set to argue that the higher proposed ‘living wage’ can be introduced on a voluntary basis only. The actual minimum wage stands at €8.65. The Minister of State for Business and Employment stated that the minimum wage is the floor beneath which nobody should be allowed to fall. The government has been working with UK agencies exploring how the living wage concept had been developed and implemented.

English: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ged-nash-says-forum ...  

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/low-pay-group-to-get-powers-to-gradually ... 


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.


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