‘morally Unacceptable’ Some Families With Full Time Work Still In Poverty

‘MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE’ SOME FAMILIES WITH FULL TIME WORK STILL IN POVERTY

The Taoiseach says ‘it’s morally unacceptable’ that some families, where the head of household is in full time work, are still in poverty.

Enda Kenny was speaking at the launch of the new Low Pay Commission which has been set up to look at how to change the Minimum Wage in the years ahead.

Its first report is due to be published in July and the Government will respond before the Budget.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the Commission will ensure the minimum wage is changed ‘incrementally’ over time and must ensure that those in work are paid sufficiently.

However, business group IBEC says there is no justification for raising the minimum wage at this time.

It’s welcomed the introduction of the Commission but head of Industrial Relations Maeve McElwee says there is currently no basis for altering it.

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