Sinn Féin moves legislation for banded hours contracts – Cullinane
David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers’ rights, today moved the Banded Hours Contract Bill 2016 which will allow for workers to apply for a work contract that is reflective of their working week.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“The bill that was moved today will be brought forward during Sinn Féin’s private members’ time in the near future.
“Sinn Féin is committed to bringing forward legislation that will allow for decent hours and earnings; job security; fair pay; and the right to trade union representation.
“With respect to banded hours contracts, while some employers recognise them, other more unscrupulous employers use the threat of cutting hours to discipline workers and to keep them from speaking out against other employment abuses.
“We know from the National Employment Rights Authority that well over half of all employers are in breach of employment law. The current legislation is a step towards normalising workplace relations.
“It will allow workers to apply for a work contract that is reflective of their actual working week.
“It also has checks and balances to allow employers to reject such applications where they can show a reasonable economic reason for doing so.
“Last year the General Secretary of ICTU, Patricia King, said of those employers who refuse banded hours contracts that ‘they show contempt for the state’s third-party institutions and will only address any case put in the tribunal of last resort, often years after the event.’
“It is in the face of such unremitting hostility that this bill is put forward by Sinn Fein as a means of bringing some much-needed balance to what is increasingly a one-sided affair.”