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Minister Breen signs Order to increase pay for Security Operatives from 1st June

Pat Breen TD, Minister for Employment and Small Business signed an Employment Regulation Order for the Security Industry, which provides for three pay increases for Security Operatives.

The Order which revokes the one that was in place for the sector since 1st October 2015 provides for a new pay rate of €11.05 per hour to come into effect from 1st June, 2017. It also provides for changes to entitlements to sick pay benefits as follows:-


  • Instead of an entitlement to 3 weeks benefit being available after 2 years’ service it will be available after 18 months service;
  • Instead of an entitlement to 4 weeks benefit being available after 3 years’ service it will be available after 30 months service; and
  • Instead of an entitlement to 5 weeks benefit being available after 4 years’ service it will be available after 42 months service.


The Minister said ‘I am very pleased to have signed this Employment Regulation Order into effect from 1st June which will see the pay of security operatives employed in the security industry increase. The Security Industry Joint Labour Committee is a good example of how effective the reformed Joint Labour Committee system can be when representatives of employees and employers can agree a commonality of purpose in a sector.

I would like to thank the members of the Joint Labour Committee, the Labour Court and those interested parties who submitted submissions as part of the public consultation for their contributions to this process. This process sits very much within the context of Ireland's voluntarist system of industrial relations.

I believe that for vulnerable workers, the advantage of Joint Labour Committees is that they see fair terms and conditions such as wage rates, sick pay etc. agreed and given effect by an Employment Regulation Order, while for some employers, the advantage of the system, based as it is on the principle of self-governance, means that they can agree and set minimum pay and conditions, agree on work practices which are custom-made to their industry – a flexibility which cannot be achieved by primary legislation’.

The Order provides for two further pay increases to come into effect on 1st June 2018 and 1st June 2019 when the rates will go up to €11.35 and €11.65 per hour, respectively.




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Notes for Editors:  

SI No 231 of 2017 Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2017