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SIPTU will seek abolition of USC
31 Jan 2015 22:10
SIPTU has announced initiatives aimed at increasing wages and protecting vulnerable workers.
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The union is also seeking the abolition of the Universal Social Charge.
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The initiatives were announced by SIPTU President Jack O'Connor in a speech to mark the commemoration of the death of James Larkin in 1947.
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Mr O'Connor said SIPTU will begin a campaign in the coming months for pay increases of 5% across the economy.
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The union will also seek to secure a minimum wage of €11.45 an hour.
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Mr O'Connor said the union wanted to see the USC abolished and replaced with a new mechanism that would be equally efficient as a means of raising revenue from the better-off while removing the burden on those on low-to-middle incomes.
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He also called on social democrats, left republicans and independent socialists to set aside sectarian divisions and to develop a political project aimed at winning the next general election on a common platform.
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Mr O'Connor said interested parties must set out what an alternative left-of-centre government would be for, as distinct to what it would be against.
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