Clune advises workers to know their rights

In the wake of a case of an Au Pair who was awarded €10,000 week for under payment of wages, Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune (FG) has said that Irish workers should familiarise themselves with their rights in the workplace.
“Many workers do not know what they are entitled to and this is leading to a scenario where a minority of employers are taking advantage,” she said.
“Since January of this year all adult employees should be getting a minimum wage of €9.15 per hour. They are entitled to see a payslip and annual leave of at least four weeks in a year, although an employee’s contract could give greater rights.

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune.

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune.

“Most employees are entitled to paid leave on public holidays, of which there are 9 days per year. One exception is part-time employees who have not worked for their employer at least 40 hours in total in the five weeks before the public holiday.”
Ms Clune added: “The Citizens Information website details all the rights and entitlements of employees and workers should familiarise themselves with those rules and laws so that they are getting exactly what they are entitled to get. The law clearly sets out rules on bullying and harassment in the workplace, procedures for dismissal and for employment contracts.
“Employees can take cases to the Workplace Relations Commission if they feel they have been unfairly treated at work but its important that they know their rights as a first step.”

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