Irish minister signs order to increase contract cleaning sector pay

11th of June 2024
Irish minister signs order to increase contract cleaning sector pay

The Irish minister for business, employment and retail - Emer Higgins - has approved an Employment Regulation Order (ERO) for the contract cleaning sector, which provides for an increase in the minimum wage.

From June 1 all workers in the industry aged 18 or over are entitled to a minimum rate of pay of €13.30 per hour, up from €12.70.

The Irish Contract Cleaning Association (ICCA) was instrumental in the move. Its chair Avril McCarthy told ECJ: "The Irish Contract Cleaning Association represents the employers of the cleaning industry at the Joint Labour Committee where the Employment Regulation Order is agreed. This mechanism sets minimum terms for the industry.

"A dedicated cohort of our members with expertise in HR and employment practices spent several months negotiating the revised ERO. This particular ERO was a challenge for all parties, as we had already established an agreement that was in play and approved by the courts."

McCarthy continued: "However, with a significant increase in the minimum wage, the industry had to ensure that our workforce was not left behind. We are delighted that an agreement was reached with the employers and unions with the support of the Labour Court."

She concluded: "The Irish Contract Cleaning Association would like to thank all the member organisations who permitted their representatives the time to negotiate this agreement, and also the unions (SIPTU and Unite) along with the Labour Court for facilitating the negotiations and formal approval."


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