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Government agenda bizarrely seeks to ban zero hour contracts except for casual work – John Brady TD

29 September, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has criticised the Government’s Employment Rights Agenda highlighting a number of serious and contradicting flaws as presented in the Heads of a proposed Bill.

Speaking following engagement on the issue with Minister Doherty at Thursday’s Committee meeting.

Teachta Brady said:

“The Government seem determined to delay dealing with the issues of zero hour and ‘if and when’ contracts by introducing their own Bill.

“The Government Bill is yet to be drafted and published while the Banded Hours Contract Bill sponsored by my colleague Deputy David Cullinane has already passed with unanimous Dáil support and has gone through pre-legislative scrutiny at the Committee for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation.

“As Minister Doherty is well aware, the Jobs Committee worked tirelessly to deal with the Bill to ensure that there would be no delay in dealing with the issues involved.  

“Yesterday, I raised some of the concerns Sinn Féin has with the Heads of the Government’s Bill yet, Minister Doherty failed to address any of them. Instead, she assured us that the Government’s Bill will ban zero hour contracts except for casual workers. This statement is baffling.  

“I also raised concerns that the Government’s proposed Bill could in fact, be unconstitutional given it seeks to make it an offence for an employer to ignore a ruling from the Workplace Relations Commission when the Commission is voluntary and does not have the powers to make law in the first place.

“Next week, my colleague Deputy David Cullinane will seek leave to move his Bill to amendment stage at Committee. The Government cannot be allowed to delay affording proper and well overdue rights to workers when it comes to their contracts.”

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