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Leo Varadkar reiterates commitment to implementing the Living Wage in Ireland

Dublin: Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has reiterated his commitment to implementing the living wage during the current government’s tenure. He does not believe that implementing the living wage will take ten years. However, it can be implemented in a phased manner. Varadkar stated that the living wage will be implemented by 2025. The government is capable of doing so on its own. All of these have potential.

Living Wage is not something that can be done overnight. Rights of workers, right to do work, right to work—all these need to be taken into account. Varadkar also stated that he will not do anything that will cause people to lose their jobs.

Varadkar also highlighted the achievements of the last 10 years of Fina Gael governments. There was a 25% increase in the minimum wage. Seven hikes have been given in the last 10 years. It has a good record in this regard. Competitors will never give that credit. But fact-seekers will understand things.

The declared policy of the government

Statutory Sick Pay is a step closer to Living Wage. Natural pensions and state pensions are the government’s two main policies. The Prime Minister stated that the government intends to establish pension funds in 2023, to which employees, employers, and the country will all contribute. It had been planned for a long time but had to be postponed due to the financial crisis. The pandemic caused a slight delay. Varadkar, on the other hand, stated that it would be implemented before the end of this government’s term.

Nurses, doctors, paramedics, gardaí and public sector workers with pensions may be on a higher salary than the national average, but cleaners, food service workers, supermarket and retail workers, and drivers are all miserable. Varadkar stated that he wants better terms and conditions for them during the pandemic.

The Living Wage is the amount of money needed to meet a worker’s basic needs.The current Living Wage in Ireland is €13.10 per hour.

The Pay Commission began work in April to determine whether to move the current minimum wage from €11.30 an hour to the Living Wage.

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