Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North/Limerick Martin Ferris has called on Minister Richard Bruton not to go beyond the recommendations of the Duffy report on JLCs. He expressed his concern that having commissioned the report that the Government appears to have decided to go beyond its recommendations and seems intent to undermine the statutory protections for several hundred low paid workers.
Deputy Ferris said
“All the indications are that despite the consultations with the unions that Minister Bruton intends to introduce changes to the regulatory wage system that would in effect slash the incomes of tens of thousands of low paid workers. I would call on him not to go beyond the recommendations of the Duffy report. I would also hope that he does not proceed with the intention of the former Fianna Fáil government to introduce legislation that would allow employers to opt out of wage agreements on the basis of an ‘inability to pay’ clause.”