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Poll: Should there be mandatory Sunday premium pay?

It has been announced that Joint Labour Committees will no longer be able to force employers to pay Sunday premiums to certain sectors of workers…

Yum: But who's serving your Sunday lunch - and how much are they getting paid?
Yum: But who's serving your Sunday lunch - and how much are they getting paid?
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PROPOSALS FOR REFORMING the Joint Labour Committees system was announced by the Government yesterday afternoon.

As outlined in TheJournal.ie yesterday, the number of such committees is to be halved. One of the other outstanding points in the proposals was that JLCs would no longer be able to guarantee a premium pay rate for workers in certain sectors such as restaurants, hospitality, security and hairdressing.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says that employers will be given “guidance” on protecting employees who work Sunday and employers’ organisations welcomed the move as good news for “many struggling retailers”. Employees’ unions, including MANDATE, says that it is an “attack on low-paid workers” and that it effectively scraps the Sunday premium pay rate.

Do you think there should be a guaranteed Sunday premium pay rate?

Poll Results:

Yes - getting rid of it is just an excuse to pay low-paid workers less (680)
No - the priority has to be keeping businesses open (522)
I don't know (49)

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