Ireland, Britain, Canada have agreed to set the minimum wage in public sector jobs for the first time in history, the first in a series of global trade deals that have boosted wages for millions of workers.
The agreement will be ratified at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.
The measures are expected to reduce Ireland’s national minimum wage to €3.30 an hour by 2019.
The Irish government said the new wage would apply to those who earn more than €80,000 a year and would be set by a commission.
The UK and Canada, both of which are members of the European Union, have also agreed to pay workers the new minimum wage.
“The UK and Ireland have set a new low-wage standard that should be replicated across the EU and around the world,” said Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Skills, Richard Bruton.
Britain’s government said it would also introduce a new minimum hourly rate, to be set at the rate of inflation.
The country’s Prime Minister, Philip Hammond, said he expected a new wage to be agreed by the end of the year, but there would be “a little bit of extra time”.
In the US, a group of US states joined together last month to push for a minimum wage of $15 per hour.
The proposal has been supported by the National Retail Federation and the AFL-CIO.
The US is the only major developed economy without a minimum hourly wage, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think-tank.
The US has a higher than average poverty rate of 23.6%, which puts it in the top 10 countries for wage inequality.
Canada has introduced a minimum $15 minimum wage, but only for retail and food service jobs, which are mostly low-skilled.
In Germany, a national minimum is set at €8.80 per hour for public sector employees, including teachers, but is not yet in place for private sector jobs.