Pobal urged to pay minumim wage to Wexford workers
A motion calling on Pobal to pay the minimum wage to employees in County Wexford was unanimously supported.
Cllr James Browne said Pobal is funded by the Department of Social Protection. Cllr Browne said the department pays the minimum wage to employees associated with them. He said almost 3,000 employees are affected, criticising Pobal's refusal to pay the minimum wage.
'The department has told Pobal they won't fund the increase. One community centre in Enniscorthy ended up spending €4,500 of their own budget (to pay the staff).'
Cllr Jim Moore said the motion should be directed to the Department of Social Protection. Cllr Deirdre Wadding said: 'We, as a council, employ people on Job Bridge and they get something like €20 per week of a top up on their dole. We are paying people below the minimum wage.'
Cllr Anthony Kelly piped up: 'I think all us councillors are paid below the minimum wage for all the work we do.'
Chairman Tony Dempsey said: 'We have to put you on RTE!'
Cllr Johnny Mythen said: 'This is a serious situation as community centres can't make up this money,' while Cllr Browne said the lack of funding will lead to cuts to vital services.