Rates of regress on the way?

Opinion is divided over the reform of the Joint Labour Committee system, which has the power to set basic rates of pay. Gareth Naughton reports.

23rd February, 2014
Caroline McEnery, managing director of the HR Suite: There are a lot of businesses that are still just hanging in there'

The Joint Labour Committee system was taken out of limbo last month by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, in a move that will affect thousands of workers in a range of sectors, as employers and unions continue to disagree on its validity.

The committees, which set the rates and conditions of employment across several sectors, had lain dormant since July 2011, when a High Court ruling found the legislation governing them to...

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