Minister of State needs to tackle concerns of working people

19 May 2016

I hope the newly appointed Minister of State for Employment and Small Business pursues addressing the concerns of working people with the same vigour and determination as my colleague Ged Nash did as Minister for Business and Employment.

Labour in government increased the minimum wage twice and strengthened trade union rights against domestic and international pressure.

I am concerned that the Programme for Government contains no commitment to tackle irregular and low hour contracts for workers and has abandoned the living wage initiative which Labour started.

The Labour Party will continue to campaign on addressing the pressing concerns of working people.

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