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Minister must move quickly to protect rights of low paid workers in wake of Supreme Court ruling

9 May, 2013

Sinn Féin Enterprise, Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation spokesperson Peadar Tóibín has urged Minister Richard Bruton to move quickly to protect the rights of low paid workers after the Supreme Court today ruled that the Registered Employment Agreements (REAs) are unconstitutional.

Deputy Tóibín said;

“This government has not hidden its disregard of low paid workers or its support of high earners.

“The policy of undermining low paid workers has not delivered jobs; it has in fact led to the replacing of full time work by part time work. Over the past year 12,000 net full time jobs have been replaced by 14,000 part time jobs.

“It is clear that economic growth and prosperity cannot be built on low paid labour.

“Today’s judgement revisits the findings in relation to the JLC’s on which the government legislated. Further to this Minister Bruton received a report from the Labour Court on the future of JLCs on the 22nd April.

“The Minister needs to respond to today’s judgement and the proposals of the labour court. It is imperative that he moves quickly to provide clarity and safeguard the rights of low paid workers.”


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