Government to freeze minimum wage at €8.65

The government is likely to freeze the minimum wage at €8.65 per hour, instead of cutting the rate, due to fears that a cut could be a disincentive for people to move from unemployment into work.

6th June, 2009

The government is likely to freeze the minimum wage at €8.65 per hour, instead of cutting the rate, due to fears that a cut could be a disincentive for people to move from unemployment into work.

There are concerns that driving down the minimum wage could have implications for encouraging people to move off social welfare, particularly since minimum-wage earners were brought into the tax net for the first time by the increased income levy...

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