Ireland needs a pay rise

This year as we celebrate May Day, such an important day for all of us in the Labour movement, it is impossible to ignore the spike in the cost of living that is hurting individuals, households and families in every community right across Ireland.

Inflation is at record levels, prices are rising, and costs are rapidly increasing for families. 

People are worried about the next unexpected bill that comes in the door. They are worried about having to bring a sick child to the doctor. No parent should have to think twice about this.

That is why Labour believes that Ireland needs a pay rise.

Energy prices, food, transport, utilities, housing – across the board price rises are being passed on, and people are being left with less, or not able to afford essential items.

We need more State led actions and interventions to meet the real needs of our struggling communities.

The reality is that the government response to the cost-of-living crisis simply does not go far enough.

Ireland needs a pay rise.

A national pay rise means putting money back in the pockets of those who need it most. It means ensuring that monthly or weekly wages will go further.

It means implementing an effective universal pay rise by increasing the minimum wage – but it also means targeting the enormous costs faced by so many households.

You can join our call for a national pay rise by signing and sharing our petition.

Sign our petition!

In solidarity,

Ivana Bacik TD
Leader of the Labour Party