Conference liveblog: The Living Wage

 

IMPACT has endorsed the recommendations of the Living Wage Technical Group. Accordingly, IMPACT is calling for a salary of not less than €11.50 per hour for all people working in the public sector.

Moreover, the union is seeking that €11.50 per hour be the minimum pay for those employed through any contract entered into by the state. That said, the union continues to oppose privatisation of work in the public service.

Just last week IMPACT’s FGE branch – the branch that represents Ireland’s lowest paid civil servants – demanded a living wage for civil service cleaners and service officers at its annual general meeting. The branch demanded that no civil servant be required to work for poverty pay

Angela Kirk, national secretary, said that while improvements to the national minimum wage are welcome, the Government’s “meagre” minimum wage target of €10.50 per hour over the next five years falls well short of a Living Wage. She said the new Government has “set a course to fail spectacularly” on its own commitments on job security, the gender pay gap and in-work poverty.