The Irish Government are being called upon to do more to support the hairdressing industry
The Irish Hairdressers Federation (IHF) has called on the Irish Government to urgently help safeguard the future of the Irish Hairdressing industry. A recent survey, undertaken by members of the IHF, highlighted a severe difficulty for employers since the introduction of new legislation, which saw an increase to the national minimum wage and employees’ entitlement to paid sick leave.
“The critical issues facing our members relates to repayment of the warehousing scheme being over a very short period of time, this must be extended immediately,” said President of the IHF, Lisa Eccles. “Furthermore, energy, stock items and insurance costs continue to soar. Labour costs and repayment of warehoused debt are now the single biggest challenge for our businesses this year. We urgently require an increase in supports for hiring trainees and tackling the shadow economy.”
The IHF called for an urgent meeting with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath TD, and Minister of State for Employment and Trade, Neale Richmond TD. The Federation is pressing for these meetings to take place to end the crisis that their members are facing.
These measures impose an unrealistic burden on businesses and the basis of this damaging effect on business stems from a failure to not maintain the 9 per cent VAT rate, which had been campaigned for retention by the organisation.
“The rise in the cost of living and increased costs for businesses, including a further increase on minimum wage is not sustainable to keep salons open throughout the country,” she continued. “For many of our members the current climate presents difficulty to keep our doors open to our valued customers as a result of the increased cost of living crisis and the costs of doing business”.
“It is essential for the Irish Government to understand that these critical risks imposed upon our businesses need to be urgently addressed. If we do not see change now, more and more salons will have to permanently close their doors.”