July 13th: Unite members in conjunction with their colleagues in the TEEU in Limerick-based engineering company Murphy International have seen their pay packets swell by up to €200 per week as the result of a successful campaign to ensure that mechanical workers in the company are paid the agreed industry mechanical rate of €21.42 per hour, instead of the craft rate of €17.21 per hour as had previously been paid – and that the new rate is also applied to holidays, overtime and shift allowances.
Commenting, Unite Organiser Rob Kelly said:
“This success was down to the hard work and determination of workers who insisted that they were entitled to the agreed industry rate for the job and were not prepared to be short-changed. Over a ten-month period, they took considered action – including a temporary ban on overtime – to vindicate their rights.
“Unite and TEEU attended an LRC conciliation conference at the beginning of this month and have now secured their full entitlements. As a result, workers in Murphy have seen their basic pay increased by up to €165 per week. When overtime rates, holiday pay and shift allowances are included, some workers will benefit by around €200 per week
Unite Regional Officer Tom Fitzgerald said:
“The Murphy International victory once again shows that the best way for workers to improve their terms and conditions is to join a union. The increased pay packets secured by the unions have made a significant difference not only to the workers concerned and their families, but also to the local communities in which they live, providing a welcome injection of spending power”, Tom Fitzgerald concluded.