NEWS RELEASE: REINSTATE THE 4.25% EMPLOYERS' PRSI: RGDATA URGES JOBS COMMITTEE
If you want to create and retain jobs in towns and villages reinstate the 4.25% Employers' PRSI, the retail grocers' trade association, RGDATA, today (2.45pm, 24th June*) told the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
The RGDATA delegation led by Director General Tara Buckley said that independent food retailers were key to ensuring vibrant towns and villages and creating and retaining jobs in retail.
"The reintroduction of the 8.5% Employers' PRSI for workers earning less than €356 since 1 January this year has added €20,000 - €80,000 to RGDATA members' wage bills. This money has to come from the wages bill so it adds up to a lot of hours and a lot of jobs in the retail sector. 2,200 further retail jobs have been lost in the most recent CSO statistics. Reinstate this lower rate of Employers' PRSI and independent retailers will create new jobs," Tara Buckley, Director General, RGDATA told the TDs and Senators.
The RGDATA delegation included Colin Fee an entrepreneur from Co Louth with shops and businesses in Dundalk and Drogheda, Hugh Doyle a second generation retailer from Donnybrook Fair with businesses in Dublin and Wicklow and Eamonn Gavin a town centre supermarket owner from Ballinagh Co Cavan.
The group asked the policymakers to fulfill the promise of a 25% reduction in business regulation costs. RGDATA said that retailers have not seen any evidence of this reduction.
"All we hear about is new, additional charges or red tape. We understand that the Health Minister was at the Cabinet meeting today seeking to impose an additional new annual tobacco licence costing €500 - €1,000, even though retailers are already registered and regulated by the Office for Tobacco Control and have paid a €50 fee," said Tara Buckley.
The group also raised the issues of banking charges, electronic payments charges, car parking, commercial rates, town centre regeneration policies and incentives and upward only rents.
"Let business people get on with running their businesses, creating new employment and serving their communities. The State needs to take a light touch to adding any new rules, regulations or costs that impact on the sector. Local authorities need to adopt a more holistic approach to town centre management and retail and demonstrate to people that they are getting value for their rates spend," concluded Tara Buckley.
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The Retail Grocery Dairy & Allied Trades Association - RGDATA - is the representative association for over 4,000 independent family owned grocery shops, convenience stores, forecourt stores and supermarkets in Ireland.
RGDATA is the longest established trade association representing the independent grocery sector for over 70 years.
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