Ireland Still Needs a Pay Rise
In recent weeks, we in Labour have been campaigning to secure a much-needed pay rise for Ireland.
Inflation is at a 22-year high of 8.2% and the costs of food, housing, energy and fuel are soaring for households.
Earlier this month, Labour launched a bill to transform Ireland’s minimum wage of €10.50 per hour into a living wage of €12.90 per hour. This rate, calculated by the Low Pay Commission, is the minimum rate which can allow workers in Ireland to make ends meet.
I am grateful to all of you who emailed your TDs and spoke to your friends and family about the need for this important change in the law. When we work together to get our message out, we can make a real difference. Following our weeks of campaigning, it has now been confirmed that the Tánaiste will initiate a process to introduce a living wage in 2023.
Instead of delaying action until next year, Labour is calling on the Government to pass our Living Wage Bill now.
In June 2000, when the first national minimum wage rate of £4.40 was declared, it was set at a level slightly higher than two-thirds of the median average income. Although the Labour Party fought to increase the minimum wage in Government, it has failed to keep up with rises in median average incomes. Consequently, we have one of the highest proportions of workers on low pay (around one-fifth) in the EU or OECD.
Let’s keep the momentum up to put money in the pockets of the people who need it most.
Please, talk to your friends and family about our proposals, email your Government TDs, and share our message on social media with the hashtag #IrelandNeedsAPayRise.
Thank you, as ever, for your support.
Leader of the Labour Party