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Case settled…Salary hike for security staff in Ireland is imminent

Dublin: Relief from the trap of the High Court order for the salary increase of the security workers in Ireland. With the settlement of the issue by the court, the life problems of almost 16,000 security workers have been solved. The High Court had banned the implementation of the salary increase on a petition filed by three companies. The decision was made in August of last year. Following the court order, all wage hike-related actions were halted.

The case was heard several times in court but never decided. The unexpected verdict in the case came when the case was supposed to be heard by the end of this year.

Justice Niamh Hyland said that the High Court has resolved the dispute regarding the salary increase of the security staff stuck in the stay order of the High Court. Following that, all previous orders, including the stay, will be cancelled. The court judged that the minister is free to sign the ERO. The one-year wait for a salary increase is now over. The judge said that all the proceedings related to the case have ended. Due to the agreement’s confidential nature, the court did not provide additional details.

The new wage increase was supposed to go into effect on February 1. The minister’s employment regulation order was to raise the rate from 12.50 to 12.90 euros per hour. The court order was against this.

The companies claimed that they requested a copy of the Labour Court’s recommendations from the minister twice but did not receive one. They also revealed that they received it along with the minister’s press release announcing the ERO last year. The Employment Regulation Order also included a provision for criminal prosecution of employers who fail to provide the minimum wage and other benefits such as holidays and overtime. The companies also accused the Labour Committee of giving it importance. The companies Top Security, Morbury, and Las Security filed the petition, pointing out such matters.

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