Tag Archives: Low Pay

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

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)

aupairIs making €3.75 an hour.

Medbh Gillard writes:

I actually thought this might be a typo at first, but no, this advert has popped up in several places over the last week. The hourly rate on offer is about €3.75, or 93 cents per hour per child, and that’s before the cooking, housework, school runs and weekend/night shifts are taken into account. Oh, and its “live out”.