Ireland -Report of the low pay commission published -July 22, 2015

The government has indicated that it will back a recommendation by the Low Pay Commission. This commission has stated that there would be little to no effects on job numbers if the minimum wages were increased from €8.65 to €9.15. The commission’s report concludes that the economy is recovering but that it is a two-tier recovery. Some 4.4% of employees are on the minimum wage (70,400 people), two thirds of whom are women. Nearly 40% are under the age of 30. Three of the nine members of the commission wanted higher increases for minimum wage workers. Two wanted wages increased to €10 an hour, while a third wanted the hourly rate increased to €9.65.

English: http://www.lowpaycommission.ie/publications/national-minimum-wage …   

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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