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Government’s JLC legislation could reduce pay – Tóibín

22 December, 2011

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Deputy Peadar Tóibín has said he fears the government legislation published today to underpin the Joint Labour Committees may have the effect of reducing workers’ wages.

Deputy Tóibín said the protection of premium rates for Sunday and anti-social hours should be written loud and clear into the legislation.

“As a result of the High Court judgement which removed the protections for JLC workers, last July I brought about legislation which would have safeguarded the pay and conditions of this significant section of workers in the state. Our legislation has been put on hold in committee stage by government TDs on the promise of government legislation that would resolve these issues.

“However we have significant fears that the Government Bill will have the effect of reducing wages. We believe that it needs to be written loud and clear in the bill that premium rates concerning Sunday trading and anti social-hours are fully protected. The government should not allow employers exit from their responsibilities through loose derogation clauses.

“The government talks about trying to increase competitiveness. However it refuses to tackle Upward Only Rents, regressive rates and energy costs because of vested interests linked to their parties. There is ample evidence that threatening the living standards of the lowest paid section of Irish society will also further dampen retail demand consolidating the downward spiral within the domestic economy. We in Sinn Féin will continue to work with the unions in order to ensure that workers get a fair wage for a fair days work.” ENDS

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