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:

I know full well what they would say. Before I finish, and on a point we have not made thus far, among all of the low-paid workers, particularly workers who are on minimum wage, a large cohort are young people. They still have to deal with what I believe is the discriminatory framework of the Low Pay Commission structure and the minimum wage, which has a rate which is below the full rate. Any other worker in this country would be citing a case for discrimination. We have legislation that deals with age discrimination yet it still prevails. I point out to the committee that, if we are looking at other ways, and making recommendations or suggestions beyond the Low Pay Commission and trying to influence that, there are certain areas that are adequately outlined in the minority report. One area that probably is not touched on sufficiently is the plight of young, low-paid workers.