No Pay Increase, Same Mistreatment: All The Steps Some Businesses Are Taking To Fill Vacancies


MANY BUSINESSES in the retail, hospitality and services industries are struggling to find staff at this very difficult and precarious time for Irish businesses.

Many debate the reasons and factors behind this, but what are the solutions to this labour shortage crisis? We spoke to some outspoken business owners who believe they have the answers:

“We find it’s very easy to attract staff when you lie about the hourly wage and number of hours they are guaranteed” – John Finelly, Offaly Good Burgers chain.

“A number of local workers didn’t want to work for low wages or under bosses that treat them like shit so after a lot of soul searching, we decided to keep the wages low and not change a single aspect of our management style” – Eanna Roundtree, Hugs & Mugs Cafe.

“We pay a liveable age if you don’t take into account expenses like food, clothing and shelter” – Graham Herlihan, Herlihan Fashions.

“Bullying previous staff to the point of causing mental breakdowns usually helps get the positive word out that Punk Pizza is a great place to work” – Niall Cretin, Punk Pizza.

“It’s pretty clear we need young cheap labour, the likes provided by older secondary school students, college students and low skilled workers, so we took to the local radio to repeatedly insult them and accuse them of being lazy. The applications have been flooding in ever since” – Carmel Drennan, Skyview Hotel.

“Start interviews with something like ‘you’re not one of those pronoun woke avocado human rights millennium falcons, are you?'” – Peter Euro, Euroshopper Retail.

“It’s important that when a non-EU worker with poor English walks in looking for work, to snap them up and exploit them for everything you can, like a modern-day slave owner, but the nice kind with important political friends” – Martin Heffer, Heffer Meats Factory.