Ireland -Union criticises timing of JLC announcement -July 28, 2011

The MANDATE trade union, organising retail, bar and administrative workers, has described the government’s timing of the announcement of the new wage-setting system for low-paid staff as opportunist and cowardly. MANDATE General Secretary John Douglas said: “The agreement to scrap the Sunday premium pay for those covered by the Joint Labour Committees (JLCs) and the inability to pay clause will leave thousands of low-paid workers vulnerable to having their pay cut. The timing of this announcement means we will now have to wait until the autumn for legislation to protect the lowest paid,” adding: “This new system creates a situation where thousands of the most vulnerable workers in retail, hotels and restaurants will have their wages targeted by unscrupulous employers” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 January, February, March, May and June 2011).

English: http://www.mandate.ie/News/Mandate/367/mandate-criticises ...

 

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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