Clonmel businesses say sick pay plans would cost jobs

Clonmel Chamber has reiterated its call on the Government not to increase the cost of employment by transferring the cost of sick pay onto employers or raising PRSI in Budget 2013.

Clonmel Chamber has reiterated its call on the Government not to increase the cost of employment by transferring the cost of sick pay onto employers or raising PRSI in Budget 2013.

Clonmel Chamber Chief Executive Brian Cleary said transferring the cost of sick pay onto employers will do nothing more than damage employment.

“The Minister for Social Protection states that this move could save her Department €89 million, but can she not see that this is simply transferring an extra €89 million burden onto already struggling businesses”.

Mr Cleary continued - “Our membership is utterly opposed to any proposal to transfer the cost of sick pay to employers, with 87% of respondents in a recent membership survey of Chambers around Ireland indicating it would have a negative impact on their business. The uncertainty created by her constant kite-flying has already had negative effects on both business and consumer confidence.

“Any move to transfer sick pay costs to employers and raise PRSI would cost jobs and is a direct contradiction of the Government’s stance that job creation is their number one priority.

“With the current unemployment rate at 14.8% it is ludicrous that proposals such as these are even on the table, he concluded.