"Itâ€™s just another manic MondayWish it were Sunday Thatâ€™s my fun day My I donâ€™t have to run day Itâ€™s just another manic Monday"
Overtime payments are given to those for whom Sunday is not a fun-day, that is in recognition of unsocial hours worked, hours out of sync with the rest of society. Attacking their use in the Tourist Industry, the Minister for Tourism,Martin Cullen's arguesÂ
Â "We have all moved to a seven-day week, so we will have to renegotiate this across the entire workforce to remain competitive,â€ he added. â€œIt will have to come to the next step and I hope that by negotiation in the near future it will be seen as a normal rotation of whatever a 40-hour week is. That is the way it has to be."
The Dail (the Irish parliament) by the way doesn't sit at the weekend. ItÂ sits 3 days a week, from 2.30pm on Tuesday to 4.45pm on Thursday, so it does make you wonder who the "we" he is referring to.Â A similar question is provoked by Fine Gael tourism spokeswoman Olivia Mitchell response â€œI understand that there have been some improvements from double time down to time-and- a-third, but the whole structure of the catering industry pay rates seems to be a real barrier to survival for many such firms.â€ I doubt the waiters and waitresses who have had their overtime cut, consider it to be an improvement.Â
According to the CSO, in 2004 over 10% of employees worked overtime. The Fourth European Working Conditions Survey (2005) indicates that less than 50% of the working population in Ireland and the UK work on Saturdays, and less than 35% work on Sundays.
All this brings another Eipper quote to mind.
â€œBy successfully marshalling government, religious and popular support for their interests, they [the business class] were able, in the classic fashion, to present their specific interests as general onesâ€.