The Labour Party is the party of work, the party of working people, and we are getting Ireland back to work. The Labour Party is the party of opportunity – and we strive to create opportunity.
We’ve made significant progress on the employment front in terms of helping people back to work. We added more than 100,000 new jobs early on while in Government; and unemployment was down to single digits again. We aim to continue this progress with the goal of reaching full employment. And we’re working to ensure that a fair wage and decent working conditions are central to the new jobs created.
While we were in Government, having immediately increased the Minimum Wage, we established a Low Pay Commission to review the Minimum Wage on a regular basis and ensure increases are made as and when appropriate. At the same time, we reduced tax for low and middle-income workers. In the Alternative Budget of 2019, we proposed a living wage for those in work, restoring tax relief on trade union membership, and supporting people into work.
A productive economy with full employment, fair pay and conditions means people have the opportunities to reach their full potential. That in turns helps families and communities to thrive.
In the Labour Party, we measure success by the progress of our people. By the jobs they have and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the sight of communities prospering, and children thriving.
That’s why we are focused on achieving full employment, and delivering jobs and opportunity for workers. To ensure that workers and businesses are helped to get ahead. And that families are helped to get on, rather than just get by.