Hospitality industry 'not an attractive sector' for returning workers, Oireachtas committee hears –

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THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY is “at rock bottom” in regard to working conditions, pay and workers’ rights, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

SIPTU representative Denis Hynes told the Oireachtas committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media that for many returning to work, hospitality “is not an attractive sector at the moment”.

He also said that there is “very little evidence” of a link between the staff shortages in the hospitality industry and the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP).

It comes as approximately 80% of employers in the tourism and hospitality industry have reported that they are struggling to hire staff.

As the hospitality sector reopened earlier this year, some employers pointed to the role of the PUP in causing staff shortages.


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