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Workers need Secure Hours – Cullinane

14 November, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Workers’ Rights David Cullinane TD today lambasted Minister Regina Doherty for ignoring workers’ rights, saying that the government’s current proposals for secure hours were not fit for purpose.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“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. 

“Last year, I introduced a Bill to the Dáil that would allow a worker to get a contract that was reflective of their actual week, instead of the current situation were those on if-and-when contracts are unable to plan their lives more than one week in advance.

“The Bill was passed by the Dáil and was subject to rigorous scrutiny by the Jobs Committee who recommended the bill with amendments.

“The success of that Bill is the only reason by Minister Doherty is even contemplating government action - which in typical Fine Gael form is anodyne in the extreme, with the government planning to allow for if-and-when contracts in circumstances that an unscrupulous employer could drive a horse and cart through. 

“The report in my Bill will be debated in the Dáil on Thursday.

“It should be on its way to committee for amendments but it is being held up via the money message mechanism - the latest stalling tactic of fine Gael and Fianna Fáil when it comes to successful opposition Bills.

“Minister Doherty could easily move this issue on.

“The Minister could accept my Bill and allow the Committee to do its job - that is, amend the Bill in light of the report's recommendations and therefore bring it back to the Dáil for final vote and passage into legislation.

“Workers need protection now and I will continue to work to achieve that for them.” 

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