Aids alliance to reverse staff pay cuts
The Labour Court has told the Dublin Aids Alliance (DAA) to reverse pay cuts imposed on staff at the organisation.
As a result of funding reductions, the DAA had imposed pay cuts and was seeking a further pay freeze. However, Impact has opposed the cuts, arguing that shorter weeks and unpaid leave should be explored as an alternative to the pay cuts.
Established 25 years ago, DAA works to improve conditions for people living with or affected by HIV and Aids.
In its argument to the Labour Court, DAA said that it had incurred continuous significant losses to funding in the past number of years.
DAA stated in the absence of other viable options, it must implement pay reductions and implement a pay freeze going forward. DAA also argued that “it cannot consider implementing shorter working hours or reductions in annual leave as it must protect front-line services”.
Opposing the pay cuts, Impact stated it “does not accept that the workers should solely absorb the cuts in funding, especially as the organisation has funding in place to address the cuts”.
In its recommendation, the Labour Court stated that pay levels of the affected staff be restored and that increments continue to be paid.
The court recommended that both sides enter discussion with a view to exploring all options available.
A spokesman for Impact confirmed yesterday that it had written to the DAA seeking engagement on foot of the Labour Court recommendation and was awaiting a response. DAA did not return a call for comment.