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Business lobby wants to freeze low pay until 2018

Posted on March 26, 2015 by administrator

The chief of the main small employers’ group has told low-paid workers on the minimum wage of €8.65 that “they are paid what they’re worth”. He wants the pay floor frozen for at least the next three years.

Five years ago the Small Firms Association (SFA) successfully lobbied the Fianna Fail government to slash the minimum wage by €1 to €7.65 claiming that it was too high and would cause job losses. The rate was restored by the Fine Gael/Labour coalition in 2011 after it emerged that some hoteliers tried to force staff to take compulsory cuts in their minimum rates.

AJ Noonan, who has run a recruitment agency for the past 25 years, is chairman of the Small Firms Association. In recent years with the recruitment fall-off he has diversified into property development for health centres and care homes. The wealthy company chief told an Oireachtas committee that he was amused by union arguments for considering a ‘living wage’. He called their demand for a review of the current minimum wage rates as “laughable”.

The business chief said that he had “listened with a certain amount of amusement to the contribution of the previous trade unions delegation and the proceedings at the recent party conferences.[Fine Gael and Labour] ”

“This is the year of the sheep in China but to many in Ireland, 2015 appears to be the year of the pay rise. Rather than it being the year of increased productivity, tax equality for the self-employed or increased competitiveness, it is the year of the wage increase, for which small businesses and businesses in general are expected to pick up the tab”, he added.

He complained that “I firmly believe that the low pay commission is but a fig leaf for an increase in the minimum wage, and I have grave concerns about that. It is basically an increase in the cost of production. This is the Government reneging on its responsibility in terms of the redistribution of wealth. Businesses are not about wealth redistribution – we are about creating jobs and creating wealth for distribution.”

Mr Noonan said that smaller firms did not use the ‘opt out’ mechanism is they were losing money because “business people do not go to the Labour Court in some cases is embarrassment about their inability to pay; instead, they will make a couple of people redundant.”

SFA director, Patricia Callan, said that the National Minimum Wage should be frozen so as to “give small businesses, who are just starting on the recovery path, certainty over their labour costs, which is essential in particular to businesses operating in the sectors and regions most affected by the NMW.”

This weekend Ms Callan said that “the market value of worker productivity must be reflected in wage rates particularly in a very small open economy such as Ireland.” This chimes with Mr Noonan’s arguments that the low-paid are paid as much as they’re worth.

DSP’s JobPath contracts put back – December 2013 World of Work update

Posted on November 28, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

The Department of Social Protection  [DSP] has decided to postpone its scheduled  JobPath request for tenders which was due to be published before the end of November.

According to the latest issue of Align Management’s ‘World of Work‘ newsbrief, the request for tenders will be issued in mid-December following an internal review. The newsletter also reveals that DSP Minister, Joan Burton has approved the tender documents, Download the newsletter here at: Dec 13- World of Work-2   You may  print it off should you wish to distribute it to colleagues.

Align Management is also working on a tender standards proposal which will benefit both prime bidders and service contractors in ensuring good business relations and problem-solving to enhance the reputation of the JobPath  welfare-to-work initiative.

In recent weeks many employment services people have been in touch seeking advice and support. You are welcome to join me through LinkedIn  

LINK! Business Network Event Mar 30th 2010

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Miriam Ahern


Dublin City Enterprise Board

LINK! Start-up Business Network – March Event

You are advised to book early to secure your attendance at this event

Email your booking to

Clarion Hotel, IFSC

Tuesday 30th March 2010, 6.00pm – 8.30pm

How to Exploit Your PC’s/MAC’s to Get Them Really Working For Your Business!

Guest Speaker:Christian Kortenhorst, CK Computer Solutions

Every business, big or small, is totally reliant on technology.   At this event LINK! member, Christian Kortenhorst, will talk about some simple, cheap and easy IT solutions for small/medium size companies like ours to use in their every-day business.  He will introduce us to some useful and cost-effective applications.  He will also show us how to spend less time on our computers trying to solve those frustrating recurring problems that annoy us so much!

Some of the topics Christian will explore:

  • Email, IMAP VS Pop3
  • Online services VS Desktop applications
  • Document-sharing
  • Dropbox
  • Calendars
  • Multiple computer setup
  • Using what you have
  • Mobile devices
  • Hardware recommendations
  • Online backups
  • Open source software

If you have a specific IT topic that you would like Christian to address, you can email your request to .

After the session you should have a better understanding of how a small to medium size business should ideally be set-up for managing files and documents, coordinating email and backing up your data.

Christian Kortenhorst is based in Dublin, Ireland.  He has over 8 years’ broad-ranging technical experience, for example in setting up servers, network environments, and backup systems.  Christian offers consulting and hands-on solutions in these and many other technical areas. He set up his business –  CK Computer Solutions –  in 2008 having completed 4 years in Computer Science in DIT.

Christian’s mission is to provide a quality and creative IT service to small and medium sized businesses. We strive to advise and provide the best product and services that fits a company’s needs. With our constant research and testing of products and services we are able to keep our clients up-to-date with the best possible products and services that are tried and tested. We select products and services objectively based on a company’s needs and wants.”