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Some Irish workers can look forward to a slight increase in their hourly pay as Ireland’s living wage has increased by 20 cents.

Workers will now be paid at least €11.90 an hour so they can enjoy a decent standard of living.

It is understood that the boost is down to Ireland’s housing crisis. People are struggling more than ever to afford housing in Ireland, which means the price of living has increased.

The news was confirmed by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice: “Rising rents push Living Wage to €11.90 per hour in 2018, a €0.20 increase from 2017. The #LivingWage represents the minimum average gross salary of a single full-time worker without dependents, needs to afford an acceptable minimum standard of living.”

There has been a drop in the cost of health insurance, transport and food in 2018, but the growing rent prices are swallowing up nearly half of the average person’s wages.

Dr Bernadette McMahon of the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice stated:  “We try and reflect a figure which actually reflects the cost of living and what people have to spend for a reasonable standard of living.”

Employers do not have to pay their workers the living wage, but many companies support the idea.

There is no plan to increase the minimum wage yet. The minimum wage currently stands at €9.55 in Ireland.



If you rely on the LUAS to get to and from work everyday, it seems you may find yourself in a spot of bother in the upcoming weeks.

A representative of LUAS said that the drivers have voted in favour of strike action and 24 to 48-hour stoppages are "quite likely."

221 out of 223 LUAS employees who took part in a Siptu ballot following a pay dispute with Transdev, and they have voted for industrial action, but the union will need 21 days notice if they choose to do so.

Drivers are seeking a 40 percent increase to their wages, like heavy rail drivers for Irish Rail.

Speaking to RTÉ's DriveTime, Siptu organiser Owen Reidy said discussions on the matter will begin next week.

“I anticipate that given the result and the fact that it is emphatic that there will be a lot of frustration, and the ballot can allow us to do 24 and 48 hour stoppages,” Owen said.

He also mentioned that the union had been talking to management for over 18 months but they had been “getting nowhere”.