Taking the Lead on the Living Wage

The Government has asked the Low Pay Commission to come up with proposals to implement a living wage. This follows its commitment to introduce a living wage by 2025.

This is a welcome development. However, we should be cautious about what to expect.

It is not just a matter of mechanically increasing the minimum wage to the living wage. Collective bargaining can play a key role in ensuring a flexible, problem-solving approach to implementing the living wage, especially in low-paid sectors which could face considerable difficulties.

Union means Dignity. Hope. Respect. A sense that we belong…and a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.

That is why SIPTU members and the trade union movement must take the lead in the debate over the living wage and the strategies needed to ensure that we abolish low pay and raise living standards for hundreds of thousands of workers.

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