RGDATA ups political pressure over business costs
Delegation highlighted additional cost implications of the increased National Minimum Wage, alongside the changes to statutory sick pay and pension auto-enrolment costs
25 January 2024
RGDATA has been persisting in applying pressure on the government over the record increase in business costs with continued lobbying by retailers of local TDs.
The organisation representing independent retailers states it was “sharply critical” of the Government attempts to ram through cost increases without assessing the capacity of retailers to bear these hikes in labour costs.
“As a result, the government agreed to review the impact of the new increases and RGDATA members have contributed to the review on the impact of recent cost increases,” the association stated.
RGDATA met with Minister Jennifer Carroll MacNeill to highlight retailers concerns about the impact of rising employment costs on the viability of RGDATA member shops.
The meeting, which was attended by a delegation comprising RGDATA members from the Minister’s constituency led by RGDATA board director and SuperValu retailer, Rachel Twomey, highlighted the additional cost implications of the increased National Minimum Wage, and the changes to statutory sick pay and pension auto-enrolment costs