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Government attempting to block advances to Workers’ Rights – McDonald

20 June, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said that the Sinn Féin Employee Tips Bill represents a step forward in workers’ rights and called on the Government not to block its passage through the Oireachtas.

The legislation received passed second stage when it came to a vote in the Dáil today. During the course of the debate, the Government indicated that a money message would be applied to the legislation which could effectively block its progression.

Teachta McDonald said:

“The Sinn Féin team has progressed this legislation from the Seanad through to its successful passage in the Dáil today. This is an important and simple Bill, but it is one that represents a real advance to hospitality workers’ rights.

“Hospitality workers are often on low pay and suffer disproportionate levels of exploitation in the workplace. Most people are surprised to learn that these workers do not have a legal right to the tips they earn. Our Bill solves this by making it illegal for an employer to withhold or deduct the workers’ tips.

“Fine Gael was the only party to vote against this Bill today and will now attempt to block its progression through the Oireachtas. This is not acceptable and I am calling on the Taoiseach stop this undemocratic behaviour. Hospitality workers deserve their dues, they deserve fair treatment, they deserve their wages and they deserve their tips.” 

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