‘It’s paltry’: Clondalkin TD hits out at 30 cent minimum wage increase
By Aura McMenamin
Clondalkin People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has hit out at the government’s decision to raise the minimum wage by 30 cents - saying it the increase "means nothing" when it comes to the cost of living.
It is believed the minimum wage will rise to €9.55, as set out by a Low Pay Commission recommendation.
This comes after the commission previously recommended a 10 cent increase last year, which the government accepted.
However, the People Before Profit TD said that the ‘paltry’ increase does not tally with the living wage, estimated to be €11.70.
He said: “It’s paltry. This increase means nothing when you see the price of living.”
“This increase doesn’t reflect the inflationary bubble around rents, charges and other expenses. A third of people’s income is going on rent.”
Kenny said he believed it would be ‘another decade’ before minimum wage increases caught up with the current living wage.