01/07/2014

Businesses Urged To Introduce Living Wage

Sinn Féin has called on businesses in Northern Ireland to follow the example set by Nestle and to introduce the living wage for all employees.

The party's Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan welcomed the news that Nestle has become the first employer to introduce the living wage for its workers, and called on all companies to follow suit.

"This move from Nestle is welcome and I would encourage other firms to follow its example and adopt the living wage for all workers," Mr Flanagan said.

Adding: "When major employers take this step it sends a very clear answer to the scaremongering from some in the business community that the living wage is unaffordable. 

"Paying workers a living wage would boost the economy because they would have more money to spend in local businesses. 

"Providing workers with a living wage would also help prevent the emergence of a two-tier economy which would leave behind those on benefits and low pay." 

(MH/CD)

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