South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Government to listen to the stakeholders before they press ahead with sick pay proposals that will cost jobs.
The Government is proposing that the Employer pays the first four weeks of an employee’s sick pay.
McGrath made his calls after the results of another survey carried out by the business representative group, IBEC, show that 49% of 450 respondents with an occupational sick pay scheme said such a move would affect their company’s ability to recruit, while 47% said it would affect their ability to retain existing staff.
“This is the third business representative group that has presented results to state that these proposals will effect employment and job creation. This Government has promised Job Creation, yet they have consistently refused to listen to the employers representatives who are stating clearly that jobs will be lost if the government push through with these proposals.” Said McGrath
“I have discussed this matter at length with the Minister for Social Protection and following the results of yet another survey stating that jobs will be lost, I am pleading with the entire Government to listen to the Stakeholders and stop these ludicrous proposals before they do further serious damage to employment in this Country”
Deputy McGrath has also noted that this issue should not be an issue solely for the employers and said that employees should also be concerned as this will affect their employer’s ability to retain employment and would have serious consequences on any current occupational sick pay scheme as employers will be forced to reduce such schemes.