18th July 2017
Increase in minimum wage will benefit lower paid workers – English
The Low Pay Commission is recommending an increase to the minimum wage
of 30 cents, bringing it to €9.55 per hour.
Fine Gael Minister of State for Meath West, Damien English TD,
believes this and other supports will greatly benefit lower paid
workers here in Meath West.
“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
“Fine Gael in Government recognises that higher levels of public
investment in social and economic infrastructure in Meath West, will
improve skills, childcare, and empower our communities.
“These are the building blocks for more inclusive, fairer and
sustainable patterns of economic growth in our society.
“The latest CSO Household Budget Survey shows that our economic
recovery is being used to reduce inequality across the country
“The ‘Household Budget Survey’ found that the gap between the highest
and lowest income households narrowed between 2009-2010 and 2015-2016.
“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.” Minister English said.
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.