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Sinn Féin publishes legislation to protect workers

26 April, 2012

Sinn Féin has today published legislation in response to the increasing difficulties which redundant workers face in obtaining their entitlements.

The Protection of Employees (Amendment) Bill 2012 will be debated on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Speaking from Leinster House today, the Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise and Employment, Peadar Toibín TD said;

“This is an important piece of legislation designed to protect and enhance the rights of workers. In recent times, we have seen workers denied basic entitlements and treated disgracefully by their employers, and indifferently by the state. This includes those workers formerly employed at Waterford Crystal, Talk Talk, la Senza, Lagan Brick, Vita Cortex, Game and many others.

“The core purpose of the Bill is to enhance the period of notice to workers being made collectively redundant, and to expedite the hearing and processing of claims to entitlements, a process which has become far too lengthy and cumbersome. It also deals with an anomaly by allowing workers who have been let go by a company which is in all but name insolvent, but which has not had a liquidator appointed, to claim for their entitlements under the insolvency fund.”

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Senator David Cullinane, who drafted the Bill said it was important that the Government acts to protect workers, and enhance their rights and entitlements.
Senator Cullinane said:

“We have seen much criticism from Government representatives when workers, such as those in Talk Talk, were given such short notice that their jobs were to be lost. I sincerely hope the Government moves beyond mere criticism, and support this Bill.”

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