Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Hoteliers begin minimum wage challenge

From Irish Times

The Irish Hotels Federation and a Co Clare hotelier will today begin a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the fixing of a statutory minimum wage for some staff.

The action is being brought by by Vaughan Lodge Ltd, which operates the Vaughan Lodge in Lahinch; Michael Vaughan; and the Irish Hotels Federation against the Hotels Joint Labour Committee (JLC), the Labour Court, Ireland and the Attorney General.

The challenge is to the decision of the Labour Court of November 5th, 2007, approving proposals of the Hotels JLC for a minimum wage for some 25,000 staff in a large number of hotel businesses, and fixing those minimum rates.

The rate fixed is higher than that applied to staff working in hotel premises in Dublin, DĂșn Laoghaire and Cork city.

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