A Clare trade union representative has called on the Workplace Relations Commission to ramp up the number of inspections it carries out in workplaces where employees are being paid below the minimum wage.
An ESRI report has found that 6,500 workers nationwide are being paid less than the minimum wage while a quarter of those between 15 and 19 are not being paid correctly.
The minimum wage in Ireland currently stands at €11.30 and will increase to €12.70 in January.
Clarecastle member of the Clare Council of Trade Unions Tommy Guilfoyle believes employers must be investigated to ensure workers are not being “undermined”.
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