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Urgent action needed to protect lowest paid – Adams

12 July, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in the Dáil this afternoon has called on the government to take urgent and immediate action to introduce ‘emergency legislation before the summer recess’ to protect low paid workers whose take home pay has been put under threat by last week’s High Court decision on JLCs.

He also disputed a claim by the Taoiseach that more time was needed to deal with this issue.

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“In the absence of any functioning social partnership, it has become abundantly clear, particularly in light of Thursday's High Court findings in relation to JLCs, that the lowest paid workers and their families have been left in a very vulnerable situation.

“We need immediate action from the government to introduce emergency legislation before the summer recess to provide the protection needed in the short term to those workers who had enjoyed the protection of the JLCs.

“Workers and their families cannot be allowed to remain exposed to exploitation while the government is on holidays.

“In the longer term proper and adequate legislation needs to be introduced to sustain the JLCs and to address the issues raised by the High Court judgement.”

The Sinn Féin leader said “I do not accept the government’s assertion that it cannot bring forward emergency legislation to protect low paid workers.” ENDS

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