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Tóibín comments on JLCs legislation

17 January, 2012

Speaking this evening on the Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No.3 Bill) relating to the JLC scheme, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Peadar Tóibín TD said:

“In July last year I tabled legislation to safeguard the rights of workers in the JLC scheme. Sinn Féin, in partnership with the Trade Union movement campaigned for the last six months for legislation to be enacted.

“The Government has stalled this legislation and published a Bill in the wake of the Christmas break.

“While there are positive aspects to the Fine Gael-Labour legislation it fails to balance the rights of low paid workers with the demands of employers and ends the payment of a Sunday premium.

“We are not talking about well paid staff that can choose to work Sundays. We are talking about low paid workers who need every cent to survive. Many of these people only work weekends and as a result will take a major wage hit. Many have no choice and should be adequately compensated.

“The legislation produced by Fine Gael and Labour will result in reduced wages for already low paid workers.

“Without changes to strengthen the rights of low paid workers Sinn Féin will oppose this legislation and seek its replacement with the Bill that we drafted and submitted in consultation with the Trade Union movement.”

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