Yesterday the SFA spokesperson Patricia Callan and I discussed the matter on Morning Mix with Shane Dunphy on South East Radio. I am concerned that many young people that are under the age of 18 don’t benefit from the minimum wage. Those that do, find the minimum wage is actually a maximum wage. I am worried that the SFA plan will lead to a race to the bottom in working conditions and living standards for many young workers. Suggestions by the SFA that this will be deflationary are bogus because as it is many workers under 18 who don’t get the minimum rate are common in retailing and catering.
Today I'm running a poll and I’m asking a simple question, Could you survive on the present minimum wage of €8.65 per hour or €350 per week? When SFA's Patricia eventually said she could Shane just laughed at her. Vote above as you wish.
P.S. There’s no poll for asking who was Minister for Finance who stuck his head in the sand while the perfect storm formed.