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Need to ban zero hour contracts reminiscent of 1913 - Ferris

15 April, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Speaking this evening during a Sinn Fein Private Members Bill on low hour contracts, Martin Ferris TD has stated that the use of zero hours contracts is a ‘bad reflection’ on Ireland today.

Deputy Ferris said:

“The race to the bottom in wage rates, zero hour contracts and the implementation of a ‘you’re lucky to have a job’ mentality which suggests that workers have no right to expect decent wages and conditions at all, was demonstrated clearly by the recent Dunnes Stores strike and subsequent treatment of the workers by the employer.

“It is a bad reflection on how far we have come since the 1913 lockout that we are forced to bring forward proposals such as the banning of zero hour contracts in 2015, along with payment of overtime and the implementation of the EU directive on part-time work.

“There is a lot of talk of job creation, but many of the new jobs cannot even keep one person out of the claws of poverty, never mind keep a family warm, fed and educated.

 “The working poor has grown and multiplied, given the full co-operation of this government to use the economic crisis as a pretext for employers to undo the constructive work of the trade union movement over decades to improve the lot of working people; work such as introducing proper wages and conditions, to work within the principles of free collective bargaining to protect workers against the uncontrolled ebb and flow of a globalised economic system.” 

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