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Government intent on undermining JLC wage rates

30 June, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking in the Dáil today in response to questions from Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD has confirmed the Government’s intention to press ahead with changes that will undermine the operation and wage rates of the JLCs and REAs.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Last night on Vincent Browne Minister Bruton confirmed that promised legislation on undermining the Joint Labour Committees and Registered Employment Agreements will end Sunday premiums for new workers and result in a substantial reduction in take home pay for new employees of at least 5%.

“The official position of the Minister is that existing workers covered by the JLC’s will be protected from these wage cuts by their contracts of employment.

“However when pressed in the Dáil today the Minister refused to explain how he would prevent unscrupulous employers from firing existing workers and rehiring new workers under the lower terms.

“Across the country there are tens of thousands of workers who are now living with a great deal of uncertainty as a result of the Government’s failure to come clean on the content of its proposals for the future of the JLCs and REAs.

“Again when pressed today in the Dáil Minister Bruton was unwilling to indicate the detail of the Governments proposals or provide a date when the necessary legislation will be published.

“The 300,000 people covered by these wage agreements have a right to know what the Government’s intentions are. The Minister needs tell us whether it is going to be Bruton’s way or Burton’s way.” ENDS

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