Polish foreman given Post-it detailing pay cut wins case against his employer
A foreman who was given details of a pay cut on a Post-it note has won a case against his employer.
The Polish national got the maximum award of four weeks’ pay – worth €2,566 – payable under laws governing workers’ information entitlements.
He told a hearing at the Workplace Relations Commission that he had not been notified in writing of changes to his terms of employment.
The man, who is not named but was employed at the company from 2001, said he returned to work after his Christmas break on January 7 this year.
At 6.45pm, his line manager asked him to go to the canteen to meet the personnel manager, referred to as Ms A in a new adjudication decision.
He said she handed him a Post-it that gave details of a reduction in wages from €750 to €641 as he was being demoted from the role of foreman to line leader the following Monday.
This represented a 14pc fall in his pay. Two days later, he objected to the pay cut and revision of his role in an email to the personnel manager.
He said he did not get a response so made a complaint to the commission.
The foreman was paid the lower rate in January.
He told the hearing he felt abandoned by his employer as he had been very loyal while working there.
Adjudication officer Patsy Doyle said he was put at a distinct disadvantage and the fact he was ignored trying to counter the action was unhelpful.