User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

Irish Left Review >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Media ownership questions at the Independent group? Deploy the anti-SF/anti-socialist/anti-British/a... 14:40 Wed Oct 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The ties that bind? 12:45 Wed Oct 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link That disunited Kingdom 10:39 Wed Oct 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link What you want to say ? 26th October 2016 06:18 Wed Oct 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Waste story? 00:38 Wed Oct 26, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015


offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015

Dublin Opinion >>

NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

offsite link Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

offsite link Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake

NAMA Wine Lake >>

SIPTU workers protest at greedy luxury Davenport Hotel attack on low pay

category dublin | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Sunday February 20, 2011 21:40author by Trade Union TVauthor email tradeuniontv at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

The bosses have started to attack low paid workers already on low wages. Greedy luxury hotelier at Davenport Hotel force workers to earn less than €8 per hour. Watch the video here with two of the women workers from Lithuania.

'SIPTU members at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin mounted pickets this morning after being taken off the roster for refusing to sign new contracts reducing their national minimum wage rate by almost €1 an hour. When the legislation was being passed, the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, gave assurances that existing employees of companies on €8.65 an hour could not have it reduced without their consent. However, the workers concerned, all women from Eastern Europe, have been brought into three meetings over the past three weeks and repeatedly told they must sign the new contracts or face being taken off the roster. They were not given a copy of the new contract, either in English or in their own languages.

The women, who are from Lithuania and Poland and have worked at the Davenport Hotel for between four and six years, refused to sign the new contracts on 1st February when the new legislation came into force and have been removed from the payroll ever since. SIPTU served strike notice on the hotel on 9th February over the hotel's decision which it regards as an effective lockout.'

More details here:

Related Link:

Caption: Davenport Hotel strike

author by pat cpublication date Mon Mar 07, 2011 19:45Report this post to the editors

The Labour Court has found that five housekeeping staff at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin, who have been at the centre of a dispute over pay cuts for the past month, should be returned to the roster on their original rates of remuneration.

In a recommendation issued today, the Labour Court also said that the hotel staff should be paid all the monies they would have earned had they not been removed from the work roster in early February.

Both management at the hotel, which forms part of the O’Callaghan Hotel Group and the trade union Siptu, which represented the staff, had agreed to be bound by the finding of the Labour Court. The hotel is operated by a company known as Persian Properties.

The dispute at the Davenport Hotel was believed to be the first over attempts by a company to reduce pay for existing personnel since the out-going Government cut the National Minimum Wage rate in February.

In its recommendation the Labour Court found that the workers involved in the dispute were accommodation assistants who had been paid the previous National Minimum Wage rate of €8.65per hour...

Labour Court deputy chairman Brendan Hayes said that in the absence of any financial or trading information that would justify the need for a pay reduction or the availability of fair and reasonable procedures for securing worker’s approval thereto or for resolving disagreement with the proposal, the Court found that the Employer’s actions were “not fair and reasonable in all the circumstances of this case”.

Related Link:
© 2001-2016 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy