15% fewer full-time jobs in Ireland than in 2008, 25% of employees earn an hourly wage of less than the living wage threshold of €11.45. If people are going into employment that does not allow them to live in dignity, it distorts the unemployment and employment figures. People must have a decent living wage; otherwise, we will continue to have the working poor. A Living Wage should be our goal, not just a Minimum Wage.
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