Ireland -Walkouts at Irish Life over new pay structure -November 28, 2015

Staff at financial services provides Irish Life, which specialises in pensions and life insurance, have walked off the job in an on-going pay dispute. Irish Life has said it will change its pay structure, essentially instating performance pay and ending its pay indexation policy. In protest, trade unions organised four two-hour walkouts. The unions object to the decoupling of wages from profits and inflation, which they fear will lead to significant losses of purchasing power in the long term. The unions demanded consultations, mediated by the labour court arbitration office. Irish Life accused the unions of not having fully informed members on the last wage offers, but indicated it would be willing to accept arbitration.


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