Minimum wage: Why we need €15 NOW!


By Shane Finnan

Rents soar, the cost of living continues upwards, all the while wages remain, for the most part, restrained. Working-class people, especially the young, feel the pinch every week. Irish capitalism has failed to deliver for the working-class and young.

Thousands of people are forced to stay at home in a state of delayed adolescence. Many are forced out of Dublin; since 2017 there’s records of nearly 1000 civil servants working in Dublin who have sought transfers outside of Dublin.

Cost of living

If you’re under 35, the likelihood of you being able to access a mortgage is next to none. Dublin is more expensive to live in than both Silicon Valley and Abu Dhabi. This is why workers need a minimum of €15 an hour now with no exemptions for young workers.

The richest 300 people in Irish society have €80 billion in wealth between them, and their profits continue to go up at the expense of workers and public services. All the while, 1 in 6 people in Ireland are in poverty.


This grotesque wealth inequality needs to be challenged, and the trade union movement needs to mobilise its membership to struggle for a living and a dignified wage. Without workers, there would be no super-profits for bosses. Workers deserve a living wage!

Previous Article

Workers and the Recovery: We want to live, not just exist!

Next Article

End the scandal of a two-tier health service

Related Posts
Read More

Bye election shows that Labour is on the ropes

History repeats itself for the Labour Party in the Meath East Bye Election 2013. Just under thirty years ago the Labour Party was humiliated in a Bye election in the Dublin Central constituency against a political background uncannily reminiscent to the present day. The vacancy was occasioned by the sudden death of former Fianna Fail Minister, George Colley.

Read More

FAI: Record seven clubs gone bust in six years

John Delaney, the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, has announced that he is to take a pay cut of 10% which brings his salary down from €400,000 to €360,000. Even with his pay cut Delaney will be payed more than the prize money for the entire League.  It cost €19,000 euro to enter the league yet if a club finishes fourth in the league they will receive a measly €15,000 euro. Delany could pay for €4,500 worth of Irish fans’ drinks in Poland, while at the same time Monaghan are allowed to fold because of debts of €6,000.