Sinn Fein spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Senator David Cullinane, speaking in Leinster House, gave a cautious welcome to the Labour Courts recommendation that home help workers be given contracts of a minimum of seven to ten hours work each week.
Senator Cullinane said:
“Zero hour contracts are bad for all workers and so in that context I give a cautious welcome to the Labour Court’s decision.
“It is important to keep in mind that while this decision does set precedence, it applies only to home-help workers.
“Thousands of other workers, a large percentage of whom are women continue to be covered by zero hour contracts. They are employed in the service sector and trapped in low paid jobs with poor working conditions.
“These workers don’t know from one day to the next if and when they will work again.
“We need to be very clear zero-hour contracts are not acceptable in any shape or form. All workers should be treated with dignity and respect.
“The notion of zero hour contracts flies in the face of this and totally undermines any notion of workers’ rights.
“Sinn Fein believes zero-hour contracts should be outlawed and calls on the government to guarantee all workers job security that is underpinned by labour relations legislation.”