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Minister English to sign Order increasing pay in the contract cleaning industry

Minister for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD, has approved an Employment Regulation Order for the Contract Cleaning Industry, which provides for a pay increase for the sector from 1 April 2022.

The Order which will become effective from 1 April 2022, provides for the new minimum hourly rate of €11.55, with further increases to €11.90 per hour from 1 April 2023 and €12.30 per hour from 1 April 2024.

Minister English said:

“I am very pleased to approve this Employment Regulation Order which I will sign to bring into effect on 1 April 2022.

“It will see the pay of contract cleaning workers increase from 1 April 2022 with further increases on 1 April 2023 and 1 April 2024. 

“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.”

Minister English added:

“The Contract Cleaning Joint Labour Committee is a good example of how effective the Joint Labour Committee system can be when representatives of both employees and employers can agree a way forward for a sector.

“For many 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.  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”.



This ERO proposal will replace an ERO that was signed in 2020 for the Contract Cleaning Sector (SI 608 of 2020) and provides a new statutory minimum hourly rate of €11.55 This new rate will apply from 1 April 2022. It provides for a further increase to  €11.90 per hour from 1 April 2023 and €12.30 per hour from 1 April 2024.