David Cullinane TD calls for support for Banded Hours Contracts Bill
Sinn Féin Workers’ Rights spokesperson David Cullinane TD has called for support from all parties and none for his Banded Hours Contracts Bill which will be debate during Private Members Time today.
Deputy Cullinane said;
“The exploitation of people on low hour contracts, especially in the retail sector but across many other sectors, is an important issue. This Bill will allow workers to apply for a contract that is reflective of their actual working week. Unfortunately, we have far too many instances of workers who were on 15-hour contracts for perhaps ten years working 30 hours and 40 hours week in, week out. This is a way for companies to exploit their workers.
“This bill offers a solution. It provides for a worker to make a request to be moved to an increased weekly band of hours after six months of continuous employment.
“The Bill provides that the employer must comply or set out that it is not economically feasible.
“There is no such entitlement for the employee or obligation on the employer under the existing legislation.
“It is simply unjustifiable for employers to keep the bulk of their staff on part-time flexible contracts as it pushes these people into poverty and into a position where they cannot plan for their families. It creates undue hardship as mothers struggle to deal with child care arrangements and families cannot be sure of what they will earn from one end of the month to the other.
“This bill is earnest in its intent and has the support of many trades unions and would fix a problem which affects many low paid workers and workers who are on low hour contracts in this State.”