Caught some of the debate on it on Prime Time last night, the guy from ISME was embarrassing and did his cause no favours.
Granted this is well and truly a government in re-election mode but that doesnt make it a bad idea.
How many thousand people are currently getting the minimum wage today in the country? I understand it isnt actually that many and hopefully a slight increase will encourage more off welfare to the lowest paid jobs. A pity the debate hasnt included looking at things like zero term contracts or supplementary income. Minimum wage going up might mean unscrupulous employers giving out less hours and looking for more Job Bridge candidates.
I expect just shy of half way point between SIPTU’s target of 11.45 and the current 8.65 will be agreed, 9.90 perhaps.
Not sure where that puts the State/Job Bridge scheme as it will be a long way short of minimum wage then.