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I Would like some information on what rights i have in the following situation, i currently work in a factory where on all the employers hourly rate has a maximum limit and i receive this maximum payment already, my question is if we all do the same job and i am asked to do extra work (training and upskilling) and after all more duties. I would like to admit that supervisor does not require this from all employees with the maximum salary only frome some. can i refuse to do this extra work? or can i demand extra money to do this? what are my rights in this situation?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
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Expert:  cmcsolicitor replied 3 years ago.

Legally speaking, your employer cannot change the basic terms and conditions of your employment without your consent. Adding to your duties certainly requires your agreement. If you refuse the extra duties and they fire you, that would constitute unfair dismissal and you could sue them under Irish employment law.

In essence, it appears that you have been promoted, without receiving the corresponding benefit (ie, more pay). I would suggest that this would be a good time to negotiate a pay rise. From a Human resources point of view (rather than a legal one), I would suggest that this might be a good time to send your employers two clear messages: 1. That you are keen, competent, and someone they won't want to lose, and 2. That you expect to be rewarded accordingly and that your extra work and responsibilities won't be provided for free.

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