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SIPTU supporting Sinn Féin on Agency Workers - O Toole

12 May, 2008

Sinn Fein Councillor Larry O Toole has today welcomed SIPTU’s decision to hold a rally outside City Hall in support of Sinn Fein’s motion on agency workers.  Cllr. O Toole’s motion calls on the government to enact legislation to protect agency workers.


Cllr. O Toole said “The failure of the government to legislate for the principle of equal treatment has resulted in employees being denied their rights and entitlements such as sick pay, holiday pay, overtime and rates of pay equivalent to full time staff. The practice is also resulting in the displacement of directly employed workers and the driving down of wages in a number of sectors including services, hotels and the construction industry.


“Sinn Féin is working closely with the trade union movement on this issue, as part of our campaign for ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’, to ensure that the government fulfils it’s obligation to protect the hard won rights of all workers. I am calling on all members of Dublin City Council to support this motion when it is comes up this evening.” ENDS


Note: Motion for tomorrow's Council meeting reads as follows:


Motion in the Name of Cllr. Larry O’Toole. City Council May 2008.


This council notes the increase in agency employment throughout the economy. We are aware that many workers from home and abroad are offered agency employment when they are seeking permanent and direct employment.


We understand trade unions have raised concerns that many of these workers are retained on minimum conditions and in some cases are not receiving all their entitlements.


Agency employment should not be used as an unnecessary substitute for direct employment or as a mechanism for avoidance or undermining of fair play and conditions.


Noting that legislation will come before the Oireachtas on the issue of Agency Employment, this Council believes and will recommend to the Minister that the principle of equal treatment should be included in any such legislation on this issue.

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