Increase in minimum wage will benefit lower paid workers.

21st July, 2017

The Low Pay Commission is recommending an increase to the minimum wage of 30 cents, bringing it to €9.55 per hour.

Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Deputy Pat Deering believes this and other supports will greatly benefit lower paid workers here in Carlow.

“Increasing the minimum wage is just one tool in a wider Government programme to help the lower paid and incentivise people into work.

“Affordable Childcare is on the way this September, which will see up to €1,040 per year for children in full time childcare.

“The latest data from the Central Statistics Office shows that show that that Ireland is becoming more equal and that poverty is decreasing.

“Fine Gael in Government recognises that higher levels of public investment in social and economic infrastructure in Carlow, will improve skills, childcare, and empower our families.

“These are the building blocks for more inclusive, fairer and sustainable patterns of economic growth in our community.

Deering stated “Economic and social progress go hand in hand. Only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for the services needed to create a fair society.”

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said: “The Government welcomes the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission to increase the national minimum wage by 30c to €9.55 per hour. It would work out as a €12 increase in a full 40 hour week.

“This would be a modest increase but it’s ahead of the rate of inflation and average increases in earnings. It would be the fourth increase in the minimum wage since 2011, and the second under this Government, and a further step towards the Programme for Government commitment for a minimum wage of €10.50.