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Action needed on 'if and when' contracts to address exploitation - David Cullinane TD

2 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD has given a cautious welcome to government proposals to effectively ban zero hour contracts but said action is need on precarious work, low pay and ‘if and when’ contracts.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"I give a cautious welcome to government proposals to effectively ban zero hour contracts. However a University of Limerick report found that low hour and 'if and when' contracts are the real problem. Unscrupulous employers use such contracts to exploit their workers and drive down terms and conditions of employment.

"Sinn Fein will not accept gestures or cosmetic changes. Exploitation of workers is wrong and must be confronted. I recently proposed a bill on introducing banded hours on a statutory basis and these proposals were roundly rejected by the Government.

"Fine Gael have shown themselves to be hostile to any proposals aimed at strengthening workers rights. I will wait to see the details of what is proposed but Sinn Féin will not settle for piece meal change.

"We will continue to work with trade unions, confront exploitation and, if in government, we will introduce real reforms aimed at reducing the prevalence of precarious work, ending exploitation of workers and strengthening workers rights."

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