March 2, 2021

Waterford general election candidate will work for ‘real living wage’ if elected

A Waterford general election candidate has promised to make the minimum wage a real living wage if voted into Dáil Eireann.

“Everyone deserves a living wage,” is the message from John Pratt, the Mayor of Waterford and the Labour’s Party candidate for the upcoming election.

Mayor Pratt said it is the policy of his party to make sure a living wage is one of their ‘red lines’ if they enter discussion to form a government with another party.

“This is one of our five red line issues. We will not go into Government with any party who will not commit to implementing our proposals on better pay and job security.”

“We believe that everyone is entitled to a minimum living wage and should have certainty in knowing what their income will be on a week to week basis. It is important that anyone who works, can work with the knowledge that they can budget to pay their rent, heat their home, and pay for groceries.”

As part of their manifesto, the Labour Party has committed to looking into a four-day work week and creating more bank holidays.

“The average number of bank holidays across Europe is 11, in Ireland it is 9.

“If entering Government, Labour will introduce two new public holidays so that people who are busier than ever before can take some extra time out,” Mr Pratt concluded.


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