Workers Party candidate in Upper Bann, Colin Craig, has repeated calls for the introduction of a realistic living wage following a damning Revenue & Customs report which ‘named and shamed’ seventeen local companies.
“It is completely unacceptable that people are being exploited in this manner, particularly young workers, and that many of the firms involved seek to minimise their culpability with half-hearted and, quite frankly, insulting excuses”
“The DUP and Sinn Fein have been travelling the world selling Northern Ireland as a low wage economy. Today we see what that means in real terms for working people ‘, Colin said.
“I am particularly outraged at the news that a recruitment firm based in Portadown, a firm which enlists employees for other firms, came top of this list of shame by underpaying 143 workers by more than £26,000”.
“I am calling on the next Assembly to introduce, as a matter of urgency , a realistic Living Wage for Northern Ireland of at least £8,50 per hour”, Colin said