Living Wage Forum
The SFA will be participating in Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, TD’s “Living Wage Forum”, which is taking place on Wednesday, 30th September in Dublin Castle. In attendance will be industry leaders from a wide range of sectors, senior trade union representatives, academics and representatives from Civil Society. The SFA Council has decided to adopt a position of opposition to the Living Wage, which we will be voicing at the Forum.
This initiative is being promoted by Minister Nash and the trade union movement and community and voluntary pillar. They state that the “Living Wage” is an independently assessed and agreed measure of the income necessary to meet basic needs – housing, food, utilities, clothing, transport, health care, childcare and minimal recreation. We believe that the concept and measurement is flawed. It is important to note that the Living Wage is different to the minimum wage, which is the statutory pay floor beneath which no worker should fall. It is not something that the Government is planning to legislate for.
In advance of the Forum, Ibec/SFA is hosting a Roundtable with members to explore different employer perspectives on the issue. Maeve McElwee, Ibec Head of Industrial Relations and Human Resources will open the event with an overview of the development of the living wage concept and observations on the operation of the living wage charter in the UK. Panellists will present their perspective and views and questions will be taken from the floor. This discussion will take place on Monday, 28 September from 10-12 noon in Ibec, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. You can register to attend here.
RTE would like to speak to a business owner about the living wage concept, in advance of the forum, about the challenges they would face in meeting a living wage rate of pay. It would be a TV interview for a report for television news, which would be intended for broadcast either on the day of, or in advance of the forum. It would involve filming the business owner in their company or place of work, filming some workers and activity in their business, and doing a short interview, from which a short clip would be used to run as part of a broader piece.
Please contact Patricia Callan at Tel: 01-6051602 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be willing to participate in the RTE interview.