Siptu It May Concern

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False Imprisonment!

A specific number of 21,633 direct jobs have been created in the accommodation and food services sector since the VAT reduction in July 2011 apparently.

But some people still aren’t happy.

John King of SIPTU writes:

SIPTU has called on the Government to commit to removing the preferential VAT rate currently enjoyed by the profitable hotel and restaurant sector that includes many businesses that are exploiting low paid workers.

According to new figures released this week the hospitality sector is booming. A new independent survey by accountancy firm Crowe Horwath indicates that the average profit on each hotel room in Ireland grew from €7,347 in 2013 to €9,201 in 2014. The Government introduced a 9% VAT rate for this sector in 2011. This has enabled increased profits.

This situation needs to be tackled now, otherwise the Government’s entire strategy on protecting low paid workers is in real danger of being undermined

Fight!
SIPTU calls on Government to end VAT benefit for hospitality sector (SIPTU)

Fáilte Ireland welcomes retention of ‘Job-Friendly’ VAT rate

Hotel rates and occupancy rose in 2014 (RTÉ News)

14 thoughts on “Siptu It May Concern

  1. Drogg

    SIPTU basically aren’t getting enough cheques from the hospitality sector so they want to ruin another industry by making it unbelievably overpriced to run so they can collect a few more fat cheques.

    1. Demon

      This is exciting news indeed. When did this strategy begin, and what has been done in the drive to protect the low-paid?
      Nostalgic tears in my eyes as I remember being a casual worker in the 1980s, when the first company you worked for in a week was required to pay your ‘stamp’, when casuals had the right to holiday pay and sick pay at parity with staffers, when overtime was paid at one-and-a-half time and Sundays and bank holidays at double time, and Christmas and Stephens’ Day at triple time…
      Ah, those jangling, note-stuffed pay envelopes… happy days…

    2. sǝɯǝɯ ʇɐ pɐq

      What am I missing?
      All I see is someone saying,
      ‘These people are notorious for treating their staff badly, why are they getting a reduction in their VAT?’

      Then I read the comments.

      You people really don’t like Unions, do you?

  2. Trouble

    Have 2 rates ;a higher one for employers who have zero hour contracted and below minimum wage staff and a lower one for those that pay fairly

    Simples

  3. Jake38

    Businesses are making a profilt………SIPTU call for government to intervene……..say’s it all really.

  4. John E. Bravo

    I am pro-Union by default unless a particular issue directs me otherwise, but I can’t see the relationship between VAT rates on profits and workers’ rights.

    1. sǝɯǝɯ ʇɐ pɐq

      @John E. Bravo
      It’s not that difficult.
      When you consider that those profits were accumulated directly from policies of paying staff as little as possible, not to mention treating them like cattle*,

      -WHY do they get a preferential rate of VAT?
      It’s a valid question.
      It’s a question I’d expect any decent Union to be asking.
      It’s about time.

      Personally, I welcome any attention that’s drawn to the issue.
      I don’t care what the source is.

      *treating them like cattle©

      1. sǝɯǝɯ ʇɐ pɐq

        Wait a minute.
        I’m starting to understand the cynicism now.

        Of course the Union is trying to drum up business/membership/attention…
        -The cheek of them. Unions aren’t allowed to do that.
        Yes, they might be bringing attention to worker exploitation.
        -The cheek of them. Unions aren’t allowed to do that.
        Other people getting away with stuff?
        -The cheek of them. Unions aren’t allowed to do that, but they do, don’t they?

        Support Low-Paid workers is all I’m sayin’.
        Everybody wanna have a gud time.

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