Youth Council welcomes Government announcement of Living Wage Forum
Highlights that number of young people in temporary employment rose from 11.2% in 2004 to 34.9% in 2012
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the announcement today (11.08.2015) by the Government that it will hold a Forum on the Living Wage on the 30th September in Dublin Castle.
Reacting to the announcement, James Doorley, deputy director at the NYCI, which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide said: “The recent decision on the minimum wage is welcome, and we now need to move beyond a debate solely on hourly rates. We need a broader discussion on the nature and type of employment being offered given the rise in temporary, part-time jobs and low-hour contracts.
“This has particularly impacted on young people where the number of young people aged 15 to 24 in temporary employment in Ireland increased from 11.2% in 2004 to 34.9% in 2012*. Many of these new employment contracts lack the certainty and security which allow workers to meet their daily expenses, enjoy a family and social life and plan for the future,” continued Mr Doorley.
Given the rise of precarious work, the NYCI believes that Government should review the range of tax reliefs and subsidies given to business to support employment, in order to ensure that public funds are not subsidising poor quality employment.
“While a Forum to discuss these issues is welcome, it is important that Government commit to bringing forward actions and measures arising from these deliberations to address low pay and precarious employment in Ireland,” concluded Mr Doorley.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 01 425 5955 or 087 781 4903 or email email@example.com
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National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
* Eurofound (2014) Foundation Findings. Social Situation of Young People. 3rd EQLS Policy Brief. Eurofound: Dublin.