Friday 19 January 2018

Student claims she was paid 'around €100' for almost 50 hours work

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Daniel O'Connor

A student has claimed that a number of former employees have been underpaid by a Galway cleaning company, after receiving only €108 for approximately 50 hours of work in one week.

Recent NUIG graduate Claire Moran spoke to Joe Duffy on RTE Radio One’s Liveline programme about how she was recently hired to do one week of temporary work cleaning apartments by Allpro Services.

Despite being initially told she would be paid between €150 and €170 for every apartment she cleaned, Ms Moran said she was told that these pay conditions changed before she would eventually receive just over €100 for the one week.

“We were told in the initial interview we would be paid per apartment we cleaned, €150 to €170 depending on the apartment but on the first day we were told that pay for cleaning a two bedroom apartment would be €57 euro per person,” Ms Moran said.

“My friend and I cleaned three apartments in total over the week; two 4-bedroom apartments and one 3-bedroom apartment.”

In addition to this Ms Moran claimed she also did three days of "reworks on apartment"; work she was told would be paid at an hourly rate of €10.05.

She said she has only been paid €108 by All Pro Services recently, and cannot understand why the final amount is so little.

“I emailed them back as soon as I got my payslips thing. She said we got €123 from cleaning an apartment and €15 was taken back from one rework we originally did. But none of the reworks we did ourselves were included in this payslip,” Ms Moran said.

“We calculated that it should have been at least €200, at the very, very least.”

“Every day we worked, we signed in, said how many hours we did and signed out. They [All Pro] have all of this information”

Ms Moran also spoke about how about she believes she is not the only former All Pro employee who has been underpaid.

"There’s at least four other people that I’ve kept in contact with. We were all paid the same, around €100 despite doing all different types of work."

“Maybe it was naïve, but because they were such a big company we assumed we could trust them.”

Allpro Services is a facility management solutions company based in Co Galway, which Ms Moran says was hired by NUIG to clean student accommodation at the end of term.

Allpro Services has been contacted by for comment.

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