DCTU

Dublin Council of Trade Unions

Reason 18: Unemployment Payments are Too Low

Despite the constant misinformation, unemployment payments in Ireland are among the lowest in Europe.  How much would someone on Irish average pay of €35,000 receive if they lost their job?

Of the Eurozone countries in the EU-15, Ireland ranks second last – only ahead of impoverished Greece.  Unemployment payments would have to rise by over €67 a week to reach German levels, and by over €130 a week to reach Dutch levels.

And this is before the cuts in unemployment payments in 2011.

Why should we march?  Because there are too many unemployed on incomes below the poverty line.

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