Ireland -Lidl to pay living wage -October 08, 2015

Discount retailed Lidl has committed to paying its entire staff the living wage of €11.50 per hour. Some 20% of its staff, amounting to 700 of the 3800 employees, who are currently earning wages below the living wage, will start earning the living wage from 1 November onwards. The living wage is 30% above the national minimum wage, which is set at €8.65. Trade unions have welcomed the move, calling on other large employers to follow suit. However, not everyone has welcomed the pay rise, as farmers’ associations fear the increased staff wages will result in even more aggressive pricing towards producers.


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