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Drop in average wage earnings will affect Dublin families - Cllr Séamas McGrattan

25 November, 2014

Dublin Sinn Féin City Councillor Séamas McGrattan has commented on the new CSO preliminary estimates released today that demonstrate that the wages of the average worker have fallen by 1.9% in the three months between July and September 2014.

“The drop of 1.9% percent in just three months is shocking and this is coupled with the fact that according to the figures the average worker is also working longer hours for less pay. Workers in Dublin City are now battling increases in public transport costs and rising rents while surviving on less pay.

“This government had an opportunity to ease the burden on the average worker with the 2015 budget, but instead an individual earning €30,000 will have less money as a result of this budget. This coupled with the introduction of water charges is going to seriously increase the pressure on already overly burdened families, struggling after the raft of extra taxes and cuts this government introduced.”

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