12/08/2015

Living Wage Forum To Explore Introduction To Ireland

Irish companies have been invited to attend a Living Wage Forum being held in September, to explore the introduction of a Living Wage Campaign to Ireland.

Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, is calling on companies to register their interest in attending the forum on 30 September in Dublin Castle.

A Living Wage is an independently assessed and agreed measure of the income necessary to meet basic needs like housing, food, utilities, clothing, transport, health care and minimal recreation.

A Living Wage Technical Group has calculated that the hourly Living Wage rate in Ireland should be €11.50 per hour.

Minister Nash said: "Progressive employers and workers have approached me asking how to become involved in supporting or exploring the concept of a Living Wage here in Ireland.

"As a result, I have decided to host a Living Wage Forum on the 30 of September, to bring together interested people with a view to examining the positive impacts for employers, employees and society from the introduction of a Living Wage Campaign here."

Representatives from Living Wage Campaigns in London and Scotland will give an insight into how the campaigns were successfully introduced at the Forum, while large businesses from the UK will explain why they became Living Wage employers and the impact this has had on their business.

Employers, trade unions, workers, civil society groups and other interested parties are being invited to register their interest in attending the Forum by emailing livingwage@djei.ie.

(MH)

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