'Sinn Féin proposals will strengthen worker protections' - Kearney
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Workers Rights, Declan Kearney MLA, has welcomed the outcome of an unfair dismissal ruling. The case concerned a pregnant woman who was unfairly dismissed for requesting time off to attend an antenatal scan.
The complainant was awarded £28,000 for being unfairly dismissed due to her pregnancy.
Commenting on the case the South Antrim MLA said:
“This case and its outcome should provide a hard lesson for employers and reassurance for employees who find themselves in similar situations.
"This case also raises questions about the treatment of migrant workers. The revelation that this worker was presented with a blank contract with no defined start or end dates is a serious cause for concern.
"Workers have rights, protected by law, and which must not be ignored by employers.
"I welcome the tribunal finding that it was discriminatory in this case for an employer to dismiss a pregnant employee.
"Sinn Féin Policy “Towards a Fair Employment Model” makes the case for stronger protections from unfair dismissal; we propose a reduction of the qualifying period for protection against Unfair Dismissal to 6 months.
"This measure would ensure that workers can more readily rely on protections in these circumstances.
"Sinn Féin will continue to highlight and campaign against discriminatory practices within the workplace and cooperate with the Labour Movement and employers to guarantee decent pay, terms and conditions for all workers."