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    Plank just described JobSeekers Benefit as 'a hundred quid a week for sitting at home watching the telly'.

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    The Central Bank is whinging that we're paid 10% more than the EU average and saying that this damages the economy.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1005/cen...-business.html

    They haven't mentioned that our prices are 29% above the EU average so all told we're worse off than our continental peers.

    http://www.independent.ie/national-n...s-2238248.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraxinus View Post
    It's ridiculous. I heard Pat SuperMacDonagh on the radio calling for the same craic yet there are new Supermacs opening up left right and centre around the country. Hardly the sign of a struggling business?

    The cost of living has been on the rise yet wages continue to fall.
    http://www.independent.ie/business/i...m-3256405.html

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    In light of our Hotelier and Quick Service greed threads.

    http://www.nerinstitute.net/download...bour_costs.pdf


    Labour costs in the accommodation and food sector are below the average of western European countries. Labour costs include wages, but also employers PRSI, which is far lower in Ireland than most western European countries.



    In the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts, indicator 3.1b details labour costs in the accommodation and food sector across western Europe. In Ireland it costs €16.04 to employ a worker for an hour, but the western European average is €17.13. In Denmark it costs an average of €27.09 to employ a worker for one hour in the accommodation and food sector. The low cost of employing workers in Ireland is even more striking when one accounts for the high cost of living in Ireland. While the accommodation and food sector does face some high costs, labour is not one of them.

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    The Labour Court is doing what it can to ensure that we get to the bottom.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...25-214570.html

    But Tom Parlon still isn't happy.

    http://www.irishbuildingmagazine.ie/...-court-ruling/

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    Apparently Parlon is going hold
    'an emergency meeting ..... in the coming days'
    I can just see him rubbing his hands with glee!

    This is a major victory for him.
    Give me a misty day, pearly gray, silver, silky faced, wide-awake crescent-shaped smile

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    That the recession is being used by scumpanies to destroy the pay and conditions of workers is hardly surprising but it's very sad to see the state sector, which ought to stand as an example of fair and moral dealings, donning the jackboots.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...ms-217076.html

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    More on the CIE attack on workers.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...327924823.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    IT - "Among the measures to be implemented are a reduction of overtime rates from 1.5 times to 1.25 times; an increase in working week for clerical and executive staff from 36 hours to 39 hours; cuts in shift, premium and rota payments; the curtailing of annual leave entitlement by three days for three years (2013, 2014, 2015); and a scaling-back of a range of allowance and expense payments by 33.3 per cent."

    Let have a look-

    More staff means less overtime, so has anyone done the sum??

    More hours for existing staff, expenses, rotas, premiums, etc., are all cost reduction items, not replaceable by recruitment, so, new arrangements, required by the economic situation, not covered by existing agreements, why not?

    The re-arrangement of the working rules, due to the fact the outfit is losing money, is not, imo, part of the race to the bottom per se. Recruiting people who are looking for work is the solution, especially as CIE is a state company which used to be used for job creation. Of course we are in a new economic environment, the only rule that is recognised is cut the costs.

    Nobody does the sums, how much will the strike cost? how much could be saved by not paying dole and recruiting more staff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrym View Post
    The re-arrangement of the working rules
    What a wonderful euphemism for using the recession to attack pay and conditions for workers.

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    Bus Eireann is putting the boot in.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0430/388933-bus-eireann/

    Big threats have become the norm in dealings with workers these days.

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    Bus Eireann may not realise that the race to the bottom has been won.

    The winners are the people in the collapsed factory in Bangladesh, plus their families.

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