Ireland - Attempt to force cuts on low paid could result in industrial action - May 27, 2011

The major SIPTU union has warned that any attempt by the government to force through changes to the Joint Labour Committee/Employment Regulation Order (JLC/ERO) and Registered Employment Agreement (REA) wage setting mechanisms for the low paid could result in industrial action. SIPTU vice president Patricia King said the proposals, included in the ‘ERO/REAs: Outline Reform Agenda’ released by Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton, “represent a serious assault on the most vulnerable, lowest paid workers in the country.” She added: “Any attempt to enforce these proposals and cut the wages of up to 300,000 workers covered by these wage setting mechanisms will be resisted, including by industrial action. We are not opposed to negotiating a reform of the system but will not accept any proposals that will effectively dismantle it” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 January, February and March 2010).



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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