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Sinn Féin’s Banded Hours Scheme law from today – Cullinane

4 March, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Workers’ Rights David Cullinane TD today welcomed the passing into law the Employment (Miscellaneous) Act, saying that Sinn Féin’s amendments on banded hours strengthened it and will have a significant effect on the lives of thousands of workers.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I am pleased that Sinn Féin’s amendment on banded hours is now the law.

“The push to get banded hours into legislation started with Sinn Féin when we first moved a bill in 2014.

“I moved a similar Bill in 2016 that really put the issue on the agenda.

“The current Bill has two critical amendments from Sinn Féin in it.

“The first is the banded hours scheme; the second is the 12 month look-back period for qualification for the bands.

“These will have a significant and positive affect on the working lives of thousands of precarious and low-paid workers.

“The next move is to tackle bogus self-employment and the need to have additional hours allocated to workers, as well as the right to access for trade unions.

“I will be bringing forward legislation in the coming months to tackle these issues.” 

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