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"I object to Income renegotiation"

I am a sales person and my gross salary is made up of basic and commission. Our company was purchased 13 months ago under a transfer of undertaking. The new owners are now trying to change my commission. What are my options. I feel they cannot do this. Cork listener.

The terms of your employment from your old employer transferred word for word to the buyer of the company under the transfer of undertaking rules.  This means that you are entitled to the same deal with the new owners as you had with the old ones. 

What the new owners are trying to do now is renegotiate the terms of your contract presumably for what they see as sound economic reasons.  If you refuse you negotiate they could look at the option of making you redundant on an involuntary basis in which case you would lose your job but subject your minimum statutory rights. 

I am assuming that there are other people involved in this renegotiation process and if you are represented by a union or an employees committee they should sit down with your employer, go through the figures and get at the true situation.  In short you should be proactive with your employers find out the full facts of their position and negotiate.

You can check your industry specific rights on the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) at www.employmentrights.ie

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