From October 1st 2015, up to 50,000 workers across the contract cleaning and security sectors are set to receive a pay rise with the reinstatement of Employment Regulation Orders (EROs) bringing improved rates of pay, with new basic hourly rates of €10.75 and €9.75 respectively. The Orders also set enhanced rates for overtime and other improved terms and conditions for workers.
The pay of around 30,000 contract cleaners will be €9.75 an hour for the first 44 hours – up from €9.50 under the old JLC, and an increase of 2.6%.The first four hours of overtime will be paid at time and a half, and subsequent overtime will be paid at double time. All hours on Sundays will be at double time.
The 20,000 employees in the security sector will see their basic pay rate rise from €10.01 under the old system to €10.75 – an increase of 7.4%. All overtime over 48 hours will be at time-and-a-half.
The new agreements will also deal with terms and conditions including annual leave and sick pay – and the wage increases for both sectors will be payable with immediate effect.
For years, under the Joint Labour Committee system (JLC), employers and unions in a sector would agree legally binding pay and conditions for employees in a particular sector, with over 200,000 workers falling under such protection. However in 2011, the Supreme Court struck down the system as unconstitutional. Since then, new recruits only enjoyed the basic protections of the Minimum Wage and Working Time legislation.