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Cllr O'Toole urges Dublin City Council to adopt a policy to prevent exploitation of construction workers

19 December, 2014

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor, Larry O’Toole, has called on Dublin City Council to adopt a policy aimed at the preventing the exploitation of construction workers.

Speaking today about his motion Cllr O’Toole said:

“The issue of exploitation has been raised by public representatives, trade unions and other organisations. My proposal is simple, all workers on Dublin City Council construction projects should receive the terms and conditions of employment as contained in the Construction Industry National Collective Agreements. Furthermore all workers whether employed by the main contractor, a sub-contractor or an agency should be treated equally and receive all of their entitlements.

The motion also seeks to curb bogus self-employment and looks to ensure that all workers are employed on a PAYE basis.

We would like to see DCC encourage the creation of training opportunities for our young people through the creation of apprenticeships based on a ratio of one apprentice for every six craftworkers.

We would also like to see trade unions affiliated to the construction industry committee of Irish Congress of Trade Unions to have onsite access to construction projects in order to monitor compliance with the collective agreements and to service their members.”

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