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Sinn Féin Bill to protect workers during red alert storms - David Cullinane TD

7 February, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers rights David Cullinane TD today introduced a Bill into the Dáil alongside colleague Imelda Munster TD that will protect workers during extreme weather events.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"The purpose of the Bill is to protect workers during a weather red alert warning.

"The Bill will amend the Safety, Health and and Welfare  at Work  Act  2005 to provide for the safety of employees during certain  severe weather  warnings issued by Met Éireann; to amend the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 to provide for the protection of public safety and the safety of rescue service personnel during such a weather warning and to provide for related matters. 

"In the event of a status red severe weather warning, all employees in places of employment subject to the alert are to stay away from their place of work until the alert ends, and they will be paid as if it was a normal working day.

"During hurricane Ophelia we saw some businesses put their employees' lives at risk by insisting they work, only to send them home just as the hurricane reached its maximum strength.

"Under this Bill, this will no longer happen as businesses will have a statutory obligation to close and ensure that workers do not lose pay as a result.

"This Bill will further strengthen the rights and safety of workers and I hope it will have the full support of the Dáil when we move it at second stage."

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