Industrial Tribunal warns PBS over 2008 bonuses
An Industrial Tribunal has severely warned the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) that on March 7, 2008 a few days prior to the election, PBS broke a collective agreement and gave €1200 to two clerical workers.
This case was brought forward by the General Workers Union as it not only broke the agreement, but also caused discrepancies between the PBS clerical grades.
The GWU argued that this bonus prejudiced the ratio and pay scale of the company workers. The Union asked for this bonus to be paid to all workers of the company to even things out.
On March 7, 2008, gave the bonus to the secretary of the CEO and the secretary of the Chairman. The collective agreement did not allow for selective or arbitrary pay rises between employees of the same grade. The Union had objected. Although the Union agreed that these workers deserved the bonus, there were other employees who also deserved the rise. The GWU argued that this was discriminatory.
The Tribunal decided to censor the PBS Board of the time and warned the company not to repeat the same mistake, a GWU statement read.