Chambers Ireland calls for wage claims to be clarified

Chambers Ireland today called on the Referendum Commission to clarify the validity of anti-Lisbon groupr Cóir’s contention that the minimum wage will fall to €1.84 should the Lisbon Treaty referendum be passed.

“Cóir’s untrue claims are misleading and designed to confuse," said the organisation's deputy chief executive Seán Murphy.

"As noted by the Minister for Labour Affairs the Lisbon Treaty has nothing to do with the minimum wage. It is set down in the National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 and under this legislation it can only be varied by the Minister on foot of a recommendation by the Labour Court or by employers and trade unions.

"The EU has no role in determining the national minimum wage – in this or in any other country.”

The organisation called on the Commission to clarify the issue as a matter of urgency.

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