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Sunday 19 August 2018

Bruton still pushing his plan to cut Sunday pay

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton is pushing ahead with his plan to reduce Sunday allowances for low-paid workers.

Despite claims he had backed down, Mr Bruton has only dropped some small parts of his controversial wage reform proposals, but most of the plan remains the same.

His plan to change joint labour committees and employment regulation orders were brought to Cabinet with on-going opposition from the Labour Party.

"Good progress was made" at yesterday's Cabinet meet, a spokesman confirmed.

Contrary to suggestions that Mr Bruton was postponing the issue of Sunday pay until a later date, the minister presented his own proposals to Cabinet rather than just the recommendations of the special report.

The Cabinet is also awaiting the outcome of a High Court case challenging the constitutionality of the joint labour committee system.

Before any final decision the IMF-EU will also be consulted on the proposals with a team from the IMF, the European Commissions and the European Central Bank, due back in Dublin this week.

csheehy@herald.ie

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