News : Irish Life Staff in Dundalk to Hold Second Work Stoppage Today
Dundalk, Ireland, Nov 12, 2015 -- Irish Life staff in Dundalk and Dublin will hold the second in a series of four work stoppages this lunchtime.
Workers at the contact centre at the Finnabair Industrial Estate downed tools for two hours last week following a dispute regarding equal treatment and pay security after Irish Life’s Canadian parent company suggested a new pay model.
Today’s work stoppage will take place from 12 midday to 2pm, with staff at the company’s Dublin head office on Lower Abbey Street also taking part in the strike.
Staff say the refusal to link wages to inflation is unfair and will leave workers unsure of future earnings. Trade union Unite, which represents more than 1,100 staff at Irish Life, say a third of staff in Dundalk are already earning below the Living Wage.
Protesters are willing to enter talks at the Labour Court but Maeve Brehony of Unite says pay needs to be top of the agenda.
She said: "Irish Life proposed using an annual pay survey to determine what the market rate is and then they will pay a median of that, between 80% and 120%, which is significantly below our members’ current earning potential.
"I can assure Irish Life management that, if they are willing to go to the Labour Court in respect of all of their workers, Unite will be there."
Commenting on the matter yesterday while in Dundalk, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton encouraged both parties to utilise the reconciliation service offered by the Workplace Relations Commission.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, November 16, 2015