Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Cost of Living, Minimum Wage Increases and Report of Low Pay Commission: Discussion

Mr. Gerry Light:

Absolutely, and I will assist you, I hope, in that regard. Like all budgets, it is a mixed bag. I will be succinct. I do not think any increases in social welfare supports or State supports are a replacement for decent wages. Already this morning I heard an employer spokesperson on RTÉ radio say, when answering a similar question put to them, that it was great the welfare supports have increased because it takes the pressure off employers to increase wages. I will leave my comments on the budget at that.