Employers must pay agreed rate before any new pay arrangements can be talked about – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) and the Association of Electrical Contractors Ireland to pay the increase in wages owed to electricians agreed in April 2008. Deputy Ó Caoláin said only when the terms of the existing agreement have been delivered can the employers body expect the workers representatives to negotiate new pay arrangements.
Speaking today as electricians escalated their strike action Deputy Ó Caoláin said, “It is completely unrealistic of the employers groups to expect the electricians to accept a 10% pay cut when they themselves have refused to pay the increase in wages that was agreed last year.
“How can the employers group expect the workers representatives to deliver in the future when they themselves have refused to live up to their commitments thus far?
“Only when the terms of the existing agreement have been met can the employers’ body realistically expect the workers representatives to negotiate new pay arrangements that cater for the current economic situation.
“We all recognise that we are living in a different economic reality than when this agreement was made. However, the employers groups would have been paid for the work done by the electricians and they have failed to honour the agreement to pay the increase to the workers. They must not be allowed to use the economic recession as an excuse to line their own pockets with previously earned money that rightly belongs in the pocket of the electricians.
“The electricians have done what was asked of them and as such they should receive what is owing to them. There is now a need for dialogue and I would urge both sides to engage in negotiations to find an outcome that is acceptable for everyone.” ENDS