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Zero hour contracts are exploitative, it’s that simple

12 September, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD today told the Chair of Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) representing private home care contractors that he has zero-credibility to argue for social inclusion if he is to argue in favour of the exploitative regime of ‘zero-hour contracts’.

Speaking at today’s meeting of the Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee Deputy McDonald said:

“Representative bodies as well as employers need to stop regarding care work as some form of second-rate service and instead start to value care workers by providing them with decent contracts.

“Zero hour contracts are deeply exploitative, it’s that simple.

“The reality for thousands of low paid workers is that they are on call seven days a week with absolutely no guarantee of work. This kind of exploitative regime disproportionately impacts negatively on the low paid and women workers.

“It is unacceptable for the HCCI to come before the committee and talk about incentivising the care sector, to make arguments for exchequer funds for services that are delivered by private operators who will in turn exploit their workforce.

“Under no circumstances will Sinn Féin support any organisation providing any service that uses zero hour contracts to deliver its services. If we are to value care work we need to put a premium on the service and not undermine it with disgraceful employment practices.” ENDS

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