n. A priest or other member of the clergy who wears a Roman collar.
A union has launched its first ever pay campaign for a wage rise for vicars. The MSF wants a 50 per cent rise for "dog collar" workers to bring their wages up to GBP 24,000 a year.
Only by treating dog-collar workers as ordinary white-collar workers can the "shocking mistreatment by the church's hierarchy" be ended, it was claimed today.
Trouble with clerical staff, I'm afraid, at the MSF union, which has started a section for priests. (Yes, yes, lots of jokes about dog-collar workers, shorter sermons and free collection bargaining.)