17 February 2015
Edel McGinley, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), was today named as one of eight commissioners appointed to the new Low Pay Commission by Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash.
Workers in low-paid jobs have borne the brunt of Ireland’s recession – particularly women, migrants and young people. Their work is essential to society and to the economy but it is consistently undervalued and underpaid. MRCI hopes that the Commission can begin to reverse these trends.
Edel McGinley said “I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Low Pay Commission, and I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and a range of stakeholders to raise the minimum wage and address zero-hour contracts, discrimination and lack of progression. The widening income inequality gap is something the Commission must begin to tackle.”
Ms McGinley concluded, “Migrant activists and leaders from our Worker Justice Group, along with other civil society organisations, will inform and drive my work with the Low Pay Commission to ensure the most vulnerable workers’ rights are advanced and that this is a springboard for change.”
A full list of Commission members is available here.
Edel McGinley has been with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) since 2005, and became Director of the organisation last year. She is a board member of the Platform for the International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and UPLIFT – a multi-issue campaigning organisation. She also represents MRCI on the Community Platform. Before joining MRCI, Edel worked in various social care and youth work positions. She has a BA in Applied Social Studies, an MA in Globalisation, and diplomas in Youth and Community Work and Digital Media Technology.
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) is a community work organisation which mobilises and campaigns with migrant workers on issues including domestic work, trafficking and forced labour, and regularisation for undocumented migrants. MRCI’s free Drop-In Centre handles approximately 2,000 cases per year, assisting individuals and families with immigration and employment issues.