Dublin Central Workers' Party spokesman Malachy Steenson said "
The Hotels Federation
have been to the forefront in attacking the existence of Joint Labour Committees (JLCs) and Registered Employment Agreements
and in particular the Sunday wage rates. Yet again at the first opportunity they have increased their prices when
demand increased. It is a waste of time for the Government to say they want to build up the tourist industry and
yet it allow hoteliers to rip off tourists at every opportunity".
" The Workers Party
is aware that in some cases Hotels increased their room rates three fold this weekend for the Take That concert in Croke Park,
weekend when only one hotel room was available in the city and that was the
penthouse of the Gresham Hotel costing
2,000 per night".
"Drink and meal prices were also increased. The attitude
of hoteliers this week shows that the desire for the quick buck supersedes all else as far as the hotel industry
"No doubt the Hoteliers will give a bonus payment to their workers instead
of slashing their
wages! It is neither tenable nor tolerable that now these workers are continually being targeted by the industry owners
to pay for their mistakes and greed and at the same time take every opportunity to rip off those who come to this
city as tourists" concluded Mr Steenson.
Issued: Monday 20th June 2011