RGDATA calls on retailers to take part in public consultation on the living wage
Consultation will inform the proposals the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment intends to bring to government on the phasing in of a living wage
12 July 2022
The RGDATA is calling on retailers to take part in a public consultation on the phasing in of a living wage.
The Low Pay Commission has been requested to examine the Programme for Government commitment to “progress to a living wage over the lifetime of the government” and make recommendations on how best to achieve this commitment.
The Low Pay Commission has made a total of 18 recommendations on how best Ireland can phase in a living wage. The purpose of this consultation is to generate public views on these recommendations which are now being considered by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and on the appended ‘Strawman Proposal’, which provides an illustrative example of how a living wage might be phased in.
This consultation will inform the proposals the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment intends to bring to government on the phasing in of a living wage.
The Commission is proposing setting the living wage “as 60% of the median wage and phasing this in over four-years (2023 to 2026),” the RGDATA said. “Assuming a 3% average increase in the nominal median wage, a living wage set at 60% of median wage would equate to €13.70 in 2026. This would represent a 30.5% increase over the current National Minimum Wage of €10.50 per hour and would require an average annual increase in the minimum wage of €0.80 (or 6.85%).”
The independent retailers’ representative group asked: “Do you agree with this approach? RGDATA will make a submission, but you can also make your voice heard by emailing your comments to email@example.com.”
The closing date for submissions is 27 July 2022.