Policy

Simon Harris: Decision on minimum wage can’t be taken ‘in isolation’

Taoiseach echoed calls for the Low Pay Commission to factor in pressures facing firms when deciding on changes to the minimum wage

Simon Harris: “What I would hope though is that when we have a discussion around the minimum wage that we don’t have a discussion about it in isolation.” Picture: PA

The Low Pay Commission must consider a number of factors and not look at the minimum wage “in isolation” when making its recommendation in July regarding further increases, Simon Harris has said.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday in Dublin, the Taoiseach echoed calls made by Peter Burke, the enterprise minister, for the commission to factor in pressures facing businesses in Ireland following recent legislative changes.

As reported by the Business Post on Sunday, the government ...