The decision by the High Court last Thursday to strike down the Joint Labour Committee (JLC) system of wage-setting should accelerate the radical reform of the system promised by employment minister Richard Bruton.
Bruton’s plans have been delayed at cabinet level by Labour ministers, who are allergic to the optics of cutting pay rates for lower-paid workers.
But the unexpectedly wide scope of Thursday’s judgment means that the JLC system is now effectively...
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