Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash is calling on companies to register their interest in attending a Forum on the Living Wage on the 30th September in Dublin Castle.
Minister Nash is hosting the one day conference to explore the possibility of introducing a Living Wage Campaign to Ireland. A Living Wage is an independently assessed and agreed measure of the income necessary to meet basic needs like housing, food, utilities, clothing, transport, health care and minimal recreation.
A Living Wage technical Group has calculated that the hourly Living Wage rate in Ireland should be €11.50 per hour.
Employers, trade unions, workers, civil society groups and other interested parties are being invited to register their interest in attending the Forum by emailing email@example.com.
Minister Nash said: “Progressive employers and workers have approached me asking how to become involved in supporting or exploring the concept of a Living Wage here in Ireland. As a result, I have decided to host a Living Wage Forum on the 30th of September, to bring together interested people with a view to examining the positive impacts for employers, employees and society from the introduction of a Living Wage Campaign here.”
“This is very much in keeping with my dignity at work agenda, and recognising that people who work for a living should be paid a decent wage. However, it is important to stress that the Living Wage is a voluntary initiative and is different to the minimum wage, which is the statutory pay floor beneath which no worker should fall,” the Minister added.