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Friday 17 November 2017

Farm Manager who claimed he was paid less than €6/hr for 65hr week fails to show for hearing

The farm manager claimed that his gross pay was €385 for a 65 hour week Stock Image
The farm manager claimed that his gross pay was €385 for a 65 hour week Stock Image
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

A farm manager who made a number of complaints against his former employer failed to turn up to a hearing of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) this month.

The hearing heard that on May 2, 2017, the farm manager submitted a number of complaints and requests for investigation to the WRC concerning receipt of national minimum wage, compensation for working Sundays, pay and pay in lieu of notice.

He stated on his complaint form that he worked for the Respondent Farm from 1 September, 2014 to 21 December 2016 .

He submitted that his gross pay was €385 for a 65 hour week. He submitted that he had not obtained a statement from the Respondent on his average hourly rate of pay for the pay reference period. He submitted that he had sought such a statement on December 10, 2016.

On August 10, 2017, some days in advance of the hearing, the Complainant contacted the WRC and advised that he was going to withdraw his complaints as he was moving abroad.

When this did not happen, the WRC made extensive attempts to contact both parties on the morning of the hearing.

On the morning of the hearing the complainant advised the WRC that he was out of the country and he did not attend the hearing.

The farm owner denied all claims and submitted that the complainant had not raised any issues during the course of his employment.

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He said the manager was paid in excess of the minimum wage and was provided with accommodation, light, heat , water and insurance.

The owner said the farm manager was given notice as the Farm lease was not renewed and he received a Redundancy Payment .

The Respondent expressed the view that he was a fair employer and had not been asked to address these claims during the claimants employment.

In his findings the WRC officer said in the absence of the complainant and evidence in support of the claims, the complaints must fall for want of prosecution.

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