14 July 1998
Sinn Fein backs Minimum Wage Demand
Sinn Fein representative for Dublin South West Seán Crowe has supported today's initiative by ICTU calling on the government to act now and set specific timetables for the introduction of a minimum wage.
Mr. Crowe said:
``If the Celtic Tiger is to be effective in eliminating poverty a first step is clearly the introduction of a minimum wage. I fully endorse today's long overdue initiative by ICTU calling on the government to act now.
``The introduction of this measure would help to eliminate the black economy and encourage the return to work. It would also start to address the wholesale exploitation of young workers by unscrupulous employers and signal a more equal social and economic environment.
``In the Ireland of the Celtic Tiger, the economic boom is producing mounting profits, undreamt of growth rates and fortunes for some in our society. It's time this changed. It's time that politicians, trade unionists, low paid workers and the unemployed begin to make their voices heard. It's time for the government to act now and introduce a minimum wage.''
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