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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Workers

This year
# Every little..
Tesco home delivery workers to lose higher pay rate over roster change
The grocery giant is reducing its delivery window for orders, meaning employees will no longer work during ‘unsociable’ hours.
Last year
# Jobseekers
Government woos 1,200 Spaniards for 'hard-to-fill' jobs but housing problems glossed over
Hostels have become a common fallback option for workers who can’t find long-term housing.
# Study
One in every five low paid workers in Ireland is aged over 50, report finds
Of the 420,000 low paid workers in Ireland, approximately 80,000 individuals are aged over 50.
# Pension
Pension age to remain at 66 under new proposals to be announced next month
It’s at odds with the recommendations of the Pension Commission report published last October.
# st brigid's day
New public holiday could cost Exchequer between €220m and €300m, says Varadkar
The first St. Brigid’s day public holiday will be Monday 6th February 2023.
# Sick Pay
New sick pay law to guarantee all workers three days paid sick leave once commenced
This is the first time Ireland has had a statutory sick pay scheme.
# Cost of Living
Survey places Dublin among most expensive cities for international workers
Mercer’s 2022 Cost of Living Survey launched ranked Hong Kong as the most expensive city for expatriates.
# budget 2023
Moving income tax credits and bands will improve take-home pay, says Donohoe
The finance minister says Government will use indexation to up peoples’ take-home pay.
# rising inflation
McGrath gives the green light to exploratory talks on public service pay
The talks will centre around the pay for 350,000 people who work in the public sector.
Minimum wage rise leads to less hours in some cases - but workers still benefit overall
Following recommendations from the Low Pay Commission, the Irish minimum wage has increased on a yearly basis from 2016 onwards.
All time
US President Biden slams Kellogg's for replacing workers who are on strike
Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union rejected the company’s latest contract offer.
# Workers
ICTU asks government to continue full PUP rate for workers in unopened sectors
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions outlined concerns it has for workers and workplaces ahead of next week’s reopening plans.
# Bank Holiday
Calls for three extra bank holidays in February, September and November
People Before Profit said the government should support their Bill that will see three extra bank holidays established.
# Working Conditions
Bezos attracts criticism for thanking Amazon workers after space flight
The company is facing increasing pressure to improve working conditions.
# Dublin Port
Workers agree to suspend strike at Dublin Port for talks with company about pay and safety
72 hours of work stoppages were due to commence from Monday.
# on the picket
'An epic journey': Three former Debenhams workers on picketing during a pandemic
Their picketing days are over but they are determined to keep fighting for workers’ protections.
# Switching off
'Right to disconnect' code for workers comes into effect from today
The right to disconnect gives employees the right to switch off from work outside of normal working hours,
# work from home
Taoiseach: 'It is time to go back to remote working. We know it works'
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there has been a slow creep back to the offices.
# Redundancy
Taoiseach slams ‘shabby, shoddy and unacceptable’ treatment of Debenhams workers
The dispute has lasted more than 150 days.
# Protests
Liquidator withdraws negotiated deal after Debenhams workers occupy stores in Dublin and Cork
Workers at Henry Street store were arrested this morning.
# pandemic
PUP claims drop further as 1,500 education employees return to work
Claims are down 63% since the peak on 5 May.
# clusters
Meat plant workers have a choice between going to work with Covid symptoms or not getting paid, Dáil told
Alan Kelly TD said we can’t have a situation where workers are going into meat plants having taken paracetamol or Calpol to hide their temperature.
# meat factories
Union calls for 'blanket testing' in meat factories as concern grows over recent clusters
Siptu said it is possible some workers have symptoms but are not getting testing over a fear of losing income.
# Protest
Thousands of US workers walk out in 'Strike for Black Lives'
Employees from a broad range of industries briefly walked off their jobs in a call to end “systemic racism”.
# boo hoo
Boohoo launches investigation into claims staff were being paid well below minimum wage
The Sunday Times last weekend reported that staff at a warehouse in England were paid as little as £3.50 per hour.
US Supreme Court rules law protects LGBT workers from discrimination
The court voted that Title VII, that bars job discrimination because of sex, encompasses bias against LGBT workers.
# Workers
Unions agree additional protections for workers with Construction Industry Federation
The agreement between the Trade Union Federation and the CIF was signed today.
# Bord na Móna
Bord na Móna employees will continue to turn up for work every day despite attempted lay-offs
Last week it was confirmed that up to 230 workers were to be removed from the company’s payroll.
# protection
Concern over how physical distancing in workplaces will be 'policed' once restrictions are eased
Unions are monitoring the situation but they say enforcement resources need to be increased.
# essential service
Most construction work will stop unless essential to pandemic, Harris says
Construction will not be on the list of essential non-retail services due to be published today, Harris confirmed.
# Coronavirus
What the new Covid-19 government measures mean for workers
People are being advised to work from home if possible from 6pm today.
# Coronavirus
ICTU says employers should pay staff who are directed to self-isolate because of Covid-19
The organisation says there has been “considerable public debate” on the issue in recent days.
# taxman
Plans to increase the higher rate tax band to €50,000 would cost €2.3bn, says Government tax group
The paper warns that further reductions in the USC could lead to a “narrowing of the tax base”.
# The Agora Companies
Global publishing group announces more than 130 new jobs in Waterford
The Agora Companies is a consortium of more than 40 media companies around the world.
# Bangladesh
'This piece of cloth is bathed in my blood, sweat and dignity': The fight to improve the lives of garment workers
The majority of Irish people care about the conditions of the factories where their clothes are made.
Opinion: The Limerick Soviet of 1919 is part of a hidden history of Ireland
This battle was part of a momentous ‘Game of Thrones’ to decide who would rule Ireland: British imperialism, Irish capitalism or the working class, writes Cian Prendiville.
# Your Say
Poll: Should employers be banned from keeping workers tips?
Yesterday, a bill to give workers a legal right to their tips passed Committee stage with all-party support.
# Out of office
Social Protection Department gives older age of workers as reason why it's near top of sick leave list
The secretary general of the department said 3,000 staff members are over 55.
# workers rights
Union membership for soldiers should be considered, finds review
PDFORRA, which represents soldiers, sailors and aircrew has been campaigning for trade union rights.
# snochia moseley
Woman who shot dead three people in Maryland had history of mental illness, police say
Four people, including the shooter, died following the incident in Aberdeen, Maryland, yesterday morning.