Union pay demands won’t affect most low-paid workers

Local pay increases demanded by trade unions for those on low incomes will not apply to most workers because they are not members of unions.

9th August, 2008

Local pay increases demanded by trade unions for those on low incomes will not apply to most workers because they are not members of unions.

Last week, unions said they were seeking pay increases on behalf of over a million low-paid workers.

However, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office, total union membership is just over 550,000 out of a workforce of 2.1 million. Most of these members are in the public sector.

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