The Irish public is in a state of shock after the government announced a $500-per-hour rise in wages for fast food employees.
It’s one of the biggest increases in wages since the recession and has sparked fury across the Irish economy.
But fast food industry workers say they are facing the biggest pay cut in their lives.
This is the story of one family, who are struggling to make ends meet with the loss of their job and the impact it’s having on their families.
They are not alone.
The pay rise will affect millions of people across the country.
The Irish Times was able to talk to more than a dozen workers who spoke about their pay rise, their families, and the effects it has had on their lives in a bid to understand how the pay rise is impacting them.
What is fast food?
Fast food is an American fast food chain.
It has been around since the late 1970s.
It started in New York and now has franchises in all 50 states.
Fast food restaurants are usually owned and operated by franchisees, who make money by selling food.
The average wage for a fast food worker is $11.37 per hour, compared to the $7.85 average wage earned by the average American worker.
How much is it going to cost me?
The pay hike will go into effect on April 1, 2018, but it will be worth it.
The increase will be about $400 per month.
If you’re lucky enough to be a part of a franchise, you can earn up to $7,200 per year.
But that may not be enough to live comfortably.
The family that owns Fast Food Irish will have to cut costs by taking their son out of school, reducing hours and reducing the hours he’s working.
They will also have to raise prices, and many will be losing their jobs.
What about my family?
The families that will be affected by the pay increase are working-class, people who make less than $12 an hour.
That’s just the minimum wage.
The family of one worker will earn between $14 and $19 an hour, while the family of another worker will make between $22 and $30 an hour and their children, who also work part-time, will make even less.
The wages of workers in the fast food sector are the highest in the United States, and those of those in other sectors are generally lower.
What happens next?
The Government has been in talks with the industry over the last year, and has agreed to a raise to $500 a day by 2020.
But the pay will still not be high enough for many of them.
The increase in wages is only one of a number of factors that have made it harder for them to make a living.
Many workers are being asked to take a pay cut, meaning they are unable to spend more time with their children or take time off work.
Many of them will have no choice but to work longer hours and work longer shifts.
And, the government says, there will be a “recovery” in wages over the next year, but that is hard to prove in the short term.
What will happen to my pension?
If you work in a fast-food restaurant or a franchise and earn more than $11 an hour for a full-time worker, your pension will be cut.
That will mean that you won’t receive any extra payments from the Government.
It will be up to your company to decide how much extra you’ll have to pay into your pension.
If your employer can’t afford to pay it, you’ll likely have to accept a lump sum payment.
If it can, it will mean you’ll lose some of your benefits, and you may be able to apply to the State for help to pay for them.
The government is also trying to encourage companies to give more of their employees more of a raise.
It wants companies to raise wages by 30 per cent to 50 per cent over the course of five years, with an average increase of 25 per cent.
Is there any support for families who lose jobs?
The Irish Government has promised to raise the minimum pay for fast-track workers to $14.30 an day by 2021.
The Government says it is looking to increase that to $15 by 2021, and by 2022 it’s aiming to raise it to $17.25.
The minimum wage has not been raised in any other part of the economy since the Great Recession.
In the last financial year, the Government said it was raising the minimum to $9 an hour by 2020, but has yet to raise that for all workers.
Is it fair?
In a recent report, the Resolution Foundation said that if you’re a fast worker and you earn less than the minimum, you may not even qualify for the Guaranteed Minimum Wage.
In that scenario, if your employer pays you less than that, your earnings would fall below the minimum.
And if you get paid less than what you should be, the system is biased