Union boss warns of pay-deal battle
Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00
SIPTU chief Jack O'Connor last night warned the trade union movement will resist the dismantling of wage-setting mechanisms.
Mr O'Connor said he suspected that the previous government indicated to the EU/IMF/ECB "troika" that they would be eliminated.
Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday hinted that rates paid under these wage deals, known as Employment Regulation Orders, will be reformed.
"I don't think that we will create any jobs by cutting people's wages down to the bone," he said. "But I do think we can create jobs by getting rid of some restrictive practices that require employers to pay premium rates even when it isn't required."
He said some of the pay arrangements in these agreements did "very strange things".
In Dublin city, for example, he said hotels are not obliged to pay rates that are paid in Dublin county.
Meanwhile, middle-ranking civil servants yesterday voted by a substantial majority to support the Croke Park deal .
The Public Service Executive Union (PSEU) annual conference in Galway faced down an attempt by some members to pull out of the deal and begin a campaign of protests and work stoppages.