CSNA says Living Wage is further proof that the Low Pay Commission has erred
When the LPC appointed Maynooth University to carry out the research, it specifically asked them to investigate the “possible distortion” on national median wages that multinational companies may cause, says CSNA
13 July 2023
The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) has set out its views on the latest Living Wage proposals.
In a statement, the CSNA said the Living Wage is further proof that the Low Pay Commission (LPC) has erred.
“The Programme for Government set as policy a target of introducing a Living Wage during the lifetime of the administration. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD directed the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to set in motion the collection of necessary research to enable a recommendation on how such a project could be achieved.
“When the LPC appointed Maynooth University to carry out the research, it specifically asked them within the Terms of Reference to investigate the “possible distortion” on National median wages that Multi-National companies may cause.
“Maynooth University did not address this request, nor did the LPC seek to have the issue clarified, leading to reports from both parties that suggest a national hourly wage rate that is based upon a median that is, we would argue, artificially boosted not only by the hundreds of thousands of MNC employees but also, to a similar extent, by the State and Semi State employees that earn 26.7% more than workers in the private Sector according to CSO statistics for 2022.”
The statement continued: “We note the report (HERE) from ESRI economist John Fitzgerald that asserts the astonishing statistic that MNCs wage bills approximate one-third of all wages earned in the State. Calculating a Living Wage as 60% of median wages when they are artificially “plumped” by two sectors with varying degrees of dissimilarity to “ordinary” businesses is neither fair or well-reasoned.”