Ireland -Resistance to pay cuts at Football Association Ireland -August 21, 2012

Union members voted against a proposal by the Football Association Ireland (FAI) that would cut wages by 10%, freeze pension scheme contributions and layoff seven employees. The issue was referred to the Labour Relations Commission for resolution while SIPTU prepared for industrial actions. FAI chief executive John Delaney demanded unions to accept the 10% pay cut and said that otherwise bigger job losses will follow. Most FAI staff are administrative and coaching workers earning annual salaries between €30,000 and €40,000, which have already been reduced by 6 to 10% in previous pay cuts. Chief executive Delaney, even after reducing his salary to 360,000, continues to earn considerably more than his European counterparts.

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