In particular, it calls on the government to oppose any lowering of minimum wage and welfare levels. When less is not enough – safeguard social welfare, maintain minimum wage!
As the world marks UN World Day for Social Justice 20TH February, EAPN Ireland calls on the Irish government not to attempt to achieve public savings at the expense of the weakest sections of society. In particular, it calls on the government to oppose any lowering of minimum wage and welfare levels.
Anna Visser, Director of EAPN Ireland, stated that “The principle guiding the solutions to our public finances and the current economic crisis must be the protection of the most vulnerable”. “This is not the time”, she continued, “for us to make the situation of the poorest in our society even worse, therefore, it is vital for the government to maintain the current levels of social welfare”.
EAPN Ireland took part in Saturday 21st demonstration organised by the ICTU, and supports the protest in its opposition to measures which hurt most those who can bear it least— people on low paid employment, the unemployed and people on welfare.
For more information, contact: Anna Visser, EAPN Ireland Director, firstname.lastname@example.org