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Ferris rejects call for pay freeze

10 September, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Martin Ferris TD, has rejected a call from a leading company director for a five year pay freeze. He was responding to Sean O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex who claimed that this was a necessary step towards restoring competitiveness.

Deputy Ferris said: “Glen Dimplex is a company that has already used the recession in order to try to enforce pay cuts. That has been despite the fact that their profits have increased in recent years.

“When workers at their Dunleer plant refused a 20% pay cut they announced plans to close down, and when workers at their Prescot factory in England took industrial action over their failure to pay an agreed pay rise, the company employed agency workers who were told that they had no choice but to pass picket lines.

“Clearly what we are seeing are large powerful companies attempting to set the trend by using the recession and workers fears over their jobs to attempt to increase profits by cutting wages. We have also seen business groups here calling for abolition of the minimum wage and the scrapping of legal employment protections.

“This is part of an agenda to attack the living standards of ordinary people who had no part in creating the economic mess. It also of course stands in stark contrast to the fact that at the same time they are being asked to take on the massive debt created by the incompetent bankers and speculators who were actually responsible but who it seems can expect the tab to be picked up by the rest of us.” ENDS

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