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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cost of Wage and Salary Increases.

Tuesday, 8 February 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 7

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Mr. P. Hogan: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan (South Tipperary) asked the Taoiseach the estimated cost to the community of the national wage agreement of one pound per week increases in wages and salaries on the lines suggested by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. S. Flanagan) (for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach): Information on Seán Flanagan Zoom on Seán Flanagan An increase of £1 per week in the earnings of all employees in the State, would, it is estimated, represent an increase of about £35 million in the annual total earnings of employees.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish That is very different [922] from the employers' £50 million, is it not?

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Mr. P. Hogan: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan (South Tipperary) asked the Taoiseach the estimated cost to the community of a three per cent national wage agreement increase as recently mentioned by the Minister for Finance.

Mr. S. Flanagan: Information on Seán Flanagan Zoom on Seán Flanagan A rise of three per cent in the aggregate income of wage and salary earners above the 1965 level, would, it is estimated, represent an increase of £14 million in the annual total earnings of employees.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish Could the Parliamentary Secretary say if the three per cent is applied to every wage and salary earner in the country?

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass Yes.

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Mr. P. Hogan: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan (South Tipperary) asked the Taoiseach what was the cost to the community of the ninth round 12 per cent national wage agreement; and the total number of persons covered by the agreement.

Mr. S. Flanagan: Information on Seán Flanagan Zoom on Seán Flanagan For national income purposes, the Central Statistics Office estimates the aggregate wages and salaries in the State in each year. It is not possible to segregate increases in wages and salaries which occurred as a result of the ninth round from other contemporaneous increases, e.g. those arising from new employment. For 1964 the total wages and salaries of all employees are estimated to have been about £62 million, or 16½ per cent more than in 1963. Preliminary indications are that aggregate wages and salaries in 1965 increased by a further £25 million or 5¾ per cent. Information regarding the total number of persons covered by the ninth round agreement is not available.


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