Ireland - Women hotel workers in battle against lower minimum wage - February 24, 2011

The hearing of the High Court injunction against the SIPTU union and members on strike at the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel in Dublin over cuts in the minimum wage has been adjourned until March 1. Five SIPTU women members are in dispute with the company because it took them off the roster and told them they will lose their jobs if they do not accept lower rates of pay. When the national minimum wage (NMW) was lowered, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan gave assurances that the minimum wage for existing employees could not be reduced without their consent. However the workers concerned, all women from Eastern Europe, were brought into three meetings and told they must sign the new contracts. They refused, and were removed from the payroll. SIPTU emphasizes that although the dispute involves only five people it has implications for over 300,000 workers affected by the new NMW legislation (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 January 2011).


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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