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Morgan welcomes High Court decision in favour of worker

22 March, 2007

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Workers Rights Deputy Arthur Morgan has welcomed a High Court ruling today that upheld a Labour Court decision that awarded €10,000 compensation to a civil servant who had worked in the state laboratory and had been denied pension rights and access to promotion because she was on a fixed term contract.

The Louth TD said, "Sinn Fein welcome this progressive decision by the High Court who have found that the Department of Finance and the State Laboratory failed to abide by the Protection of Employees (Fixed Time Work) Act, which protects the pay and conditions of temporary staff.

"This Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against contract workers unless there are objective grounds for variations in pay and conditions. Fixed term contracts cannot be included as objective grounds for variations in pay and working conditions. The Government should know this as it was them that drafted the legislation in the first place.

"Furthermore, they would do well to remember this in future and refrain from challenging employees on the rights and entitlements bestowed on them from their own legislation. It is merely an exercise in wasting tax-payers money and they would be better off challenging the funds spent on legal fees into protecting workers on fixed term contracts and not endeavouring to have them in a precarious employment situation." ENDS

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