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# Workplace Relations Commission

Last month
December 2022
# Fishing industry
Underpaid and overworked: The serious allegations by migrant fishers to the WRC
Analysis of cases heard by Workplace Relations Commission paint grim picture.
Fishers took cases against vessel owners, with some awarded thousands in compensation
Findings include 72-hour working weeks, forging of mandatory employment records and unfair dismissal
THE MORNING LEAD
'We had to eat leftover meat and fish': Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Migrant fishers who left vessels due to exploitative treatment ‘ignored’ in recent cross-departmental review.
Inspection reports reveal potential trafficking and deficiencies relating to hours of work and rest
Researcher: "The problems in Ireland can be traced to very specific policies and laws here"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are migrant fishers exploited in Ireland?
Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers
THE MORNING LEAD
Irish justice system 'failing' migrant fishing workers who report exploitation
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Our investigation finds 35 referrals of human trafficking in sector – but no prosecutions.
US report states Ireland has systemic deficiencies in victim identification, referral and assistance
Alleged trafficking victim: "It hurt. I felt the punch land. I told him if he did that again I’d report him."
Last year
2022
# compensation
Primary school ordered to pay €12,000 to girl with Down Syndrome kept separate from classmates
The Workplace Relations Commission heard the girl had to spend most of her school day in a foyer outside the classroom.
# Sexual Harassment
Cafe owner ordered to pay €2,500 to teenage waitress in sexual harassment case
The WRC found that the cafe owner had discriminated against the young woman under the Employment Equality Act.
# pay talks
Public sector unions to ballot members on proposed 6.5% pay increase
The talks at the Work Place Relations ended late last night.
The pay increases are to be phased in over two years.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has said that individual unions will ballot their members on the proposed deal.
ICTU's Kevin Callinan said the negotiations with government were "particularly difficult".
# pay talks
Public sector pay talks resume as 1% improvement in govt offer floated
Previous talks in June ended without an agreement between ICTU and the Government.
# WRC
Tipperary Chamber of Commerce ordered to pay €20k for unfair dismissal of chief executive
The WRC said the decision to dismiss Shanahan was “not within the range of reasonable responses of a reasonable employer”.
# mr price
Mr Price ordered to pay €20,000 for discriminating against worker sacked on maternity
Elena Balan told the WRC that she had been “frozen” in shock after learning that she had been fired.
# WRC
Sexual harassment case by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh against RTÉ postponed until September
The Nationwide presenter is alleging she was sexually harassed, victimised and isolated at the national broadcaster.
# compensation
School ordered to pay €3,300 to 60-year-old teacher over 'energy' question during job interview
The teacher lost out in the job competition to an applicant who was 30 years younger.
# facemasks
Customer fails in facemask discrimination case against €1 million lotto shop
When asked by the shop owner whether or not he would wear a mask in the shop, Paul Kinsella refused.
# rising inflation
Public service pay talks are now officially underway
The talks will be facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission from next week.
# Labour Court
Medical scientists to suspend strike action next week and will return to WRC for talks
The three days of strike action planned for next week have all been suspended, say the MLSA.
# Discrimination
Hotel ordered to pay €5,000 for discriminating against bride-to-be from Traveller Community
The woman did not receive a response until a complaint was made under the Equal Status Act.
# Workplace
Store assistant harassed in workplace but employer not found liable, WRC rules
The employee was sexually harassed by a manager in the supermarket where she worked.
# WRC
Couple ordered to pay 18-year-old Spanish au pair €9,100 over sexual harassment
The au pair said that the man’s actions left her “feeling unsafe, fearful, intimidated, degraded, humiliated and her dignity violated”.
# WRC
Mushroom farm ordered to pay €15,000 to former worker for breaching minimum wage law
Ana Lacramioara Manciu alleged that Stablefield Ltd falsified her working hours to reflect a much shorter working day.
# WRC
Dublin's Gresham Hotel ordered to pay out €500 to 'humiliated' man over Covid mask incident
The case was brought before the Workplace Relations Commission.
# WRC
Cork hotel ordered to pay €22,000 to homeless Traveller family in discrimination case
The hotel has been ordered to pay out €38,000 to members of the Travelling community since the start of last month.
# WRC
Former Fine Gael party secretary to take claim over being forced to retire at 65
The party will face the Workplace Relations Commission on Thursday morning.
# WRC
Firm to pay €40k to man dismissed for sending 'inappropriate' Family Guy message to colleague
The Workplace Relations Commission found that Regeneron unfairly dismissed Robert Libera for gross misconduct.
All time
# Discrimination
Organic farm ordered to pay €8,000 in compensation after telling HIV-positive man to leave farm
The man alleged that after being told that he could no longer work at the organic farm, two requests to have a shower were refused.
# WRC
Sacristan unfairly dismissed after pandemic affected local Church finances
The Workplace Relations Commission upheld his claim.
# water workers
Talks to resume next month on transfer of local authority staff to Irish Water
Discussions took place during the summer and they are set to resume again in mid-October.
# compensation
Sport firm dismisses credit controller after Covid childcare issue in remote working row
The Workplace Relations Commission has recommended that the firm pay her €10,000 in compensation.
# compensation
DCU told to pay €27,500 for victimising former employee who made sexual harassment complaint
Rene O’Reilly told the hearing that her “reputation was ruined because of the dismissal and she was out of work for a year and lost her home”.
# Hyde and Seek
Creche which featured in Prime Time exposé appeals order to pay €12,800 to whistleblower
The owners claim they never received a protected disclosure.
# Unfair Dismissal
Firm ordered to pay €10,000 to worker made redundant during first Covid-19 lockdown
The case was recently heard at the Workplace Relations Commission.
# transdev
Unfair dismissal claim fails after Luas operator fired inspector who knelt on passenger's legs for 10 minutes
The incident took place at the Bluebell Luas stop in September 2019.
# Passports
Department of Foreign Affairs dismisses worker for issuing fraudulent passports after five-year paid suspension
The worker was eventually dismissed in December 2019 after the suspension.
# WRC
Employer ordered to pay worker €3,712 after rejecting Covid-19 remote working proposal
The case was heard before the Workplace Relations Commission.
# WRC
Dublin Starbucks outlet ordered to pay €12k to customer after employee drew 'slanty' eyes on cup
A spokesperson for Starbucks said they are “deeply sorry” the incident occured.
# Discrimination
WRC finds Dublin school discriminated against Catholic girl by favouring Church of Ireland students
The school denied discrimination and said there is no non fee-paying Church of Ireland school in the area.
# WRC
Man loses claim for unfair dismissal after sacking for sexual assault of colleague at Christmas party is upheld
The case was recently heard by the Workplace Relations Commission.
# WRC
Catering firm ordered to pay €3,500 to worker over boss's boxer shorts photo
The woman resigned from the company after finding the images “quite disgusting and most upsetting”.
# The Banks
Union seeks 'urgent' WRC intervention over Bank of Ireland's plan to cut workforce by 1,400
The Financial Services Union has written to the WRC seeking conciliation.
# direct provision
Ban on learner driver permits for asylum seekers not discrimination, court rules
The ruling overturns a previous finding in favour of people living in direct
# Workplace Relations Commission
Quadriplegic passenger awarded €10,000 after airline stopped him travelling in business class
The airline said the harness required by the man would be dangerous in business class seats.
# WRC
'She was left vulnerable': 64-year-old woman awarded €10,000 after being fired over age and illness
The woman took a discrimination case against her employer, a residential disability service.