Union Urges Govt To Increase Minimum Wage

Both the national minimum wage and social welfare payments should increase in the autumn budget, the Unite trade union has said.

The union is calling on the government to make the increase in an effort to encourage spending.

At a seminar in Dublin on Tursday, Unite Regional Secretary said: "The question is no longer whether austerity is working: we know it is not. The question now is how we can move beyond austerity to a new kind of recovery - one which benefits working people.

"That will mean focussing on how wages, incomes and workplace rights can help boost living standards and economic growth, coupled with a new appreciation of the role social insurance can play in promoting our public services and ensuring a strong social protection system."


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