The national minimum wage is set to rise in the coming year, following comments made by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
In Dáil Éireann on Thursday, Varadkar indicated that the current minimum wage of €10.20 per hour will be raised in the coming year.
Varadkar further indicated rises in social welfare payments, as well as the state pension for 2022.
When asked by Labour Party leader Alan Kelly if the proposed recognition for frontline workers will go ahead following disputes that such a bonus would eat into the forthcoming budget, Varadkar dismissed these worries.
“First of all I’d say – don’t believe everything you read in the papers, particularly in the run-up to budget time.”
“I don’t know how many absolutely contradictory stories I’ve seen now in newspapers over the past couple of weeks in relation to what is and is not on the budget and what is being considered and what isn’t.”
“What I can say to you is that we will engage with unions and worker representatives around a recognition bonus for staff who did the extra mile [and] went out of their way during the pandemic. We want to do it, they deserve it and I think the public wants us to do it – so, we want there to be a recognition payment or additional leave.”
“It would be better if it fell into this financial year than next year,” Varadkar continued.
“But that’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is that it is done, but it also needs to be done fairly and needs to be done in a way that is right.”
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