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Cullinane Welcomes Passing of ‘If and When’ Contracts Bill but Criticises Fianna Fáil Delaying Tactics

7 July, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for workers’ rights David Cullinane has welcomed the passing of his bill on ‘if and when’ contracts, but said that it is unfortunate that Fianna Fail felt the need to delay it by a year.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The people affected by insecure hours are ordinary workers under extraordinary pressure. It is unfortunate they will have to wait twelve months because of the Fianna Fáil amendment but on the plus side the bill has been passed and as such the issue has been accepted by the Dáil as vital and necessary.

“The fact that it is not a motion but a legislative response that has been accepted by the Dáil is also to be welcomed.

“On Tuesday, we heard from Dunne’s Stores workers. Many of their colleagues have been denied loans with credit unions and mortgages with a bank because of their 15 hour contracts. Bank managers look at their payslips and see that they have worked 30 hours every week, sometimes for 6 or 7 years and more, but then see that the contracted 15 hours are the hours they are guaranteed, making it impossible for them to get a loan on that basis.

“Some of them have also been denied rental accommodation for the very same reason. This contract is not an accident. In a survey done by Mandate, 85% of Dunne’s Stores workers said that allocation of hours is used as a method of control over them.

“People need security of hours in their lives. We are in the midst of a cost of living crisis in this state. We need a legislative response, not just kind words. And the Dáil agrees, even if Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael want to hold up the process for a year.” 

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