Congress Platform for a Fair Society
Before you vote on February 26, think about what type of society you would like to see in the coming years and and what needs to be done to ensure it will be fairer and more equal
If you want to see a fairer Ireland then it makes sense to support the parties and candidates who back: a Living Wage, Decent Jobs, Fair Pensions and Good Public Services.
Low pay is bad for our economy and society. It keeps people in poverty, deepens inequality and stifles growth. The only people who benefit are bad employers. The current recommended rate for the Living Wage is €11.50 per hour and this ensures people can reach an agreed minimum standard of living and meet all essential costs. Raising wages is the best antidote to national and global inequality.
Ask the candidates in your area if they will support the Living Wage
Low hour contracts and precarious work are commonplace, making it impossible for many workers – mainly young and female - to plan their lives and save for the future. But the government spends hundreds of millions every year on social welfare supports for people in low paid, precarious work. Workers are entitled to security of hours and certainty of income. They also have the right to union representation and to be treated with respect in the workplace.
Ask the candidates in your area if they will support Decent Jobs
Everyone is entitled to a living income in retirement which ensures they can afford their essential needs and enjoy a dignified life after work. No retired worker should live in poverty or be forced to go without because of income insecurity. A living income must be guaranteed through the pension system.
Ask the candidates in your area if they will support Fair Pensions
Good Public Services
Investing in quality public services – like health and education - will boost economic growth, achieve a better quality of life for all citizens and help create a more equal society. Good public services should be funded through a system of fair and progressive taxation.
Ask the candidates in your area if they will support Good Public Services