Deering Supports Bruton’s Stance on Sick Pay.

16th July, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has come out in support of Minister Bruton’s stance on sick pay. Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has proposed that employers should pay for their employees sick leave, but Richard Bruton disagrees and says that similar savings can be made by tackling public sector sick leave.

Deputy Deering said “I totally agree with Richard Bruton on this one, employers simply can’t afford to pay sick pay. If sick leave in the private sector rose from the current average of six to the public service average of 11.3 days it could well be the final straw for some employers. If a company employing ten people were to pay ten or twelve sick days to all it’s employees it would amount to somewhere between 100 and 120 days or half an employee’s annual working days, they would need to employ an extra half employee to cover the leave and at the average industrial this would cost approximately €15,000. Similarly if a company had twenty employees they would need to carry and pay one full extra worker costing €30,000, most employers can’t afford this expense. I have lobbied Minister’s Burton and Bruton on this since it was first muted, in fact I arranged a meeting with the Hotel Federation and Minister Michael Ring on his recent visit to Carlow”

“The savings that Minister Burton requires can be achieved by bringing public service sick leave back in line with private sector rather than making already hard pressed employers pay for their employees sick days. Richard Bruton said that the proposed sick pay would have particularly severe impact on small businesses  and I believe that it is these same small businesses that will bring Ireland back to work on a job by job basis”