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Sudden 10% wage cut

Hi, we got a note in our wages telling us that our pay is been cut by 10% after Christmas even though we were reduced to a 3 day a week early in the year. There was no talks between employers and employees its a privately owned company and there is no union. Can they cut our wages just like that. Moss in Kerry

Hi Moss, while every change in employment arrangements should be done in consultation with employees, a 10% cut in wages if justified, is not so serious as to be an abuse of employment rights. Yes, there is a reduction also of a three day week earlier in the year but, if the survival of jobs and the survival of the company are the only things at stake, then it would probably be taken as reasonable.

 

You have three choices – either accept the position as it is or engage a Rights Commissioner from the Labour Relations Commission or quit your job and sue for unfair dismissal. The third option would be too risky to advise. 

 

Here’s the link for the LRC Rights Commissioner. http://www.lrc.ie/ViewDoc.asp?fn=/documents/work/rights_commissioner.htm

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