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Protections for workers now - John Brady TD

19 December, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has called on Minister Regina Doherty to commence the Bill that has been passed to ensure greater security for workers in precarious employment before March.

Speaking following the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill concluding its final stage in the Dáil this afternoon, Teachta Brady said:

“Today marks a momentous day for workers and in particular, the many thousands of our citizens who are engaged in low paid precarious employment.

“The passing of this legislation today ends a long running campaign by workers and trade unions for greater employment security. I am thinking especially of Dunnes Stores workers who took a stand against zero hour contracts with Mandate trade union back in 2015. This Bill is a credit to them and their resilience.

“This Bill has two critical amendments from Sinn Féin in it, which I brought forward at Committee Stage of the Bill. The first is the banded hours scheme; the second is the 12 month look-back period for qualification for the bands.

“While wholeheartedly welcoming the passing of this Bill today, I am asking the Minister to commence this Bill before her planned date in March. Workers were left in a very vulnerable position in their employment for long enough. They should not be asked to wait even longer.

“I am calling on Minister Doherty to expedite this Bill and make it law in conjunction with the planned campaign by the Workplace Relations Commission in January. Workers and their families need these protections now."

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