Ferris claims that employers are ‘circling with intent.’
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights Martin Ferris TD has claimed that employers are already circling with intent on the wages of other low paid workers in the wake of the cut to the National Minimum Wage. He was referring to a formal request filed by IBEC to the Joint Labour Committee asking that a pay increase due on January 1st be deferred ‘pending the imminent review of Employment Regulation Orders which is part of the National recovery Plan, and in the light of the implications of the reduction in the National Minimum Wage.’
Deputy Ferris said:
“When the IMF recovery plan was published I pointed out that apart from cutting the minimum wage, the Government was also opening the door for employers to challenge wage rates set under Registered Employment Agreements and Employment Regulation Orders.
“This request from IBEC to the JLC proves that employers are not going to let the grass grow under their feet. This is clearly part of what will be a sustained attack on the wages of all workers in the private sector and it needs to be resisted by the trade union movement.” ENDS