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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 Winners
St Patrick's Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2015
SFA Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation on Low Pay and the Living Wage
SFA meets Public Accounts Committee on Public Procurement
Intertrade Ireland Funding for Growth Service
The Importance of a Paper Trail in Employment Situations
New Internship Scheme Launched
National Workplace Wellbeing Day - 27th March 2015
Rehabilitation and Return to Work
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SFA Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation on Low Pay and the Living Wage
 

On Tuesday, 3rd of March, SFA Chairman, AJ Noonan and SFA Director, Patricia Callan appeared before the Joint Oireachtas on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation informing them that the recent establishment of the Low Pay Commission is highly concerning for SFA members. Whilst the concept of an independent evidence-based assessment of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate, independent of politics, is desirable, it is unfortunate that none of the individual small business-owner managers who actually have real experience of the issues in running a small business which employs minimum wage or relatively low wage workers were selected as members of the Commission. The fact that no interviews took place to choose the members of the Commission is fundamentally flawed. It will be difficult for small businesses to accept the true independence of the Commission, given this gap in representation. The small business sector will be the one to pick up the tab on decisions made by the Commission, so they deserve to be given an opportunity to participate.

To read the full copy of the submission and the SFA’s arguments against an increase in the Minimum Wage please click here.