Ireland - Substantial increase of minimum wage discussed - June 30, 2016

A pay rise of 25% could be on the way for around 124,000 workers on the minimum wage. Trade unions have argued strongly at government level that the current minimum wage needs to change to a ‘living wage’, with a hefty hike in the rate of pay. There are suggestions that the Low Pay Commission could recommend a pay increase of 25% for minimum wage workers when it reports to government in July 2016. If agreed, this would bring the national minimum wage of €9.15 to €11.50 per hour, by the end of 2017. Wage hikes recommended by the Low Pay Commission, if agreed, are likely to take effect from this year’s budget. But the latest proposal has sparked outrage from employers who believe there is no justification with zero rate inflation. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has argued strongly for the 25% increase to happen by the end of 2017. The union is not alone in calling for a minimum wage increase; it has called in support from over 130 TDs, Senators and MEPs, and 171 councillors. A proposal to ensure that workers would earn at least €11.75 per hour is already in existence, but it would not be introduced until Budget 2018.

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