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European Anti Poverty Network report highlights need for social clauses in procurement contracts- Lynn Boylan MEP

22 April, 2015 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to implement the recommendations made by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) on precarious work.

Speaking today Ms Boylan said:

“The EAPN report list a number of measures this government could take to mitigate the blight of precarious work on Irish workers.

“One such measure is the inclusion of social clauses, including, “clear gender equality criteria”, to all public spending, grants and procurement.”

“The inclusion of gender equality criteria are important. Unfortunately women are more likely to be victims of precarious working conditions. The statistics speak for themselves on this issue.

According to the Nevin Economic Research Institute, 60 % of low paid workers are women.

Ireland the incidence of low pay is generally higher among women – 17% of male employees are low paid, while the figure for women is 26%. 

The latest figures from the EU show the Gender Pay Gap in Ireland is 13.9%

Women now make up almost 60% of Family Income Supplement beneficiaries due to an increasing reliance on precarious work.

Sinn Féin introduced a bill in 2013 that echoes the recommendation on social clauses by the EAPN. The Social Clauses in Public Procurement Bill, was supported by the government at the time and is now buried away in a committee.

It time for government to act and address this issue before more citizens are pushed into poverty.”

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