Submission to the Low Pay Commission National Minimum Wage

Issued: January 2017


This submission brings salient points on the cost of an acceptable minimum standard of living, the inadequacy of the current National Minimum Wage rate, and the Living Wage rate which sets a benchmark for an acceptable minimum earnings threshold, to the attention of the Low Pay Commission.

The VPSJ recommends that the Commission consider setting a clear rationale for determining the appropriate level of the NMW, and set out a clear programme of rate adjustments which will see the progressive realisation of the National Minimum Wage becoming an evidence based earnings floor, i.e. providing a Living Wage.