Sunday 17 December 2017

Staff and bosses to get their say in new minimum wage

Submissions are being sought by a new body tasked with advising the Government on the national minimum wage.

The Low Pay Commission is asking for the views of anyone with an interest in the minimum wage, which is currently set at €8.65 an hour, as part of a public consultation process.

The commission was officially launched at the end of last month and is chaired by Dr Donal de Buitleir.

Its remit is to make recommendations to the Government in relation to the setting of the minimum wage.

It is expected to report back by July 15 with its recommendations.

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash said that the work of the commission is extremely important.

"It has a relatively short time-frame in which to report back to me with a recommended rate for the minimum wage.

"I would encourage anyone who has an interest in low pay to make a submission to the commission, but particularly workers who earn the minimum wage and employers who pay the minimum wage," said Mr Nash.


In making a recommendation, a number of issues will be examined, including the changes in earnings since the minimum wage was last increased in 2011.

The employment and unemployment rates in general will also be considered by the commission.

It will also have to consider the expected impact of a change to the minimum wage on employment, the cost of living and national competitiveness.

Changes in income distribution and currency exchange rates will also form part its considerations.

The commission was established following a commitment in the statement of priorities agreed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton last year.

Comments, observations and submissions on any matter relating to the national minimum wage can be made in writing before the deadline of 5pm on April 13. They can be emailed to: secretarylpc@djei.ie.


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