Low Pay Commission To Assess Women's Pay

The Low Pay Commission is to assess the impact of the minimum wage among female workers, Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, has announced.

Welcoming the announcement, Labour TD for Waterford, Ciara Conway, said: "I would like to commend my colleague Minister Ged Nash for seriously addressing the issue of low pay among women workers. The majority of workers earning the minimum wage are women. Therefore it is a welcome development that the Low Pay Commission is going to assess the reasons as to why this is the case. 

"The work Labour is doing in Government to deliver better pay and better work is improving working conditions for women workers in particular because of the disproportionately high amount of women in low paid work. 

"The increase in the minimum wage in January will give some 124,000 workers a necessary pay rise. On top of this, the collective bargaining legislation delivered by Labour in government has strengthened the rights of workers to negotiate with employers to improve pay and conditions. I hope that the recommendations of the UL report on zero hour contracts will also be legislated for to give workers greater certainty over their working lives.

"The emphasis Labour is placing on delivering better pay and better work for women workers demonstrates our commitment and values as a party of improving gender equality in Irish society."


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