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Concern expressed as Taoiseach dismisses legislation to protect employees

1 May, 2012

Sinn Féin Workers’ Rights Spokesperson Senator David Cullinane and the party’s Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín TD today launched the Protection of Employees (Amendment Bill) 2012.

The Bill will be debated in the Dáil this evening during Sinn Féin’s Private Members’ Time.

Speaking as he launched the Bill Senator Cullinane said:

“This Bill is designed to enhance the rights of workers who are facing great difficulties difficulty in accessing their basic rights and entitlements in the current climate. This includes those workers formerly employed at Waterford Crystal, Talk Talk, la Senza, Lagan Brick, Vita Cortex, Game and many others.

“The purpose of the Bill is to enhance the period of notice to workers being made collectively redundant, and to speed up the processing of claims to entitlements.

“It also provides workers with the ability to claim for their entitlements under the insolvency fund if they have been made redundant by a company which is insolvent but which has not had a liquidator appointed.

“Companies can no longer be allowed to simply walk away from their workforces when things go belly-up. The Government must facilitate this legislation to allow for the protection of employees.”

Deputy Tóibín said:

“This legislation places a number of obligations on employers on how to deal with their employees including an obligation to consult with employee’s representatives and to notify the minister of proposed redundancies.

“The recent breaches of contract and mistreatment of workers in companies throughout the state has put a strain on industrial relations which is not conducive to good business.

This legislation reflects the concern ecxpressed by representatives of all parties in the Oireachtas.

“I am concerned that the Taoiseach today, when questioned by Gerry Adams, dismissed this legislation out of hand without any detail of his concerns. I would call on TDs of all parties and none to support this legislation in the interests of workers’ rights and good working relations.”


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