Gilliland criticises IBEC for suggesting that legislation to enhance workers’ rights was ‘draconian and unnecessary’.
Issued : Thursday 12 May, 2016
Dublin City Councillor, Alison Gilliand (Labour), has slammed the new government for failing to implement the recommendations of two reports commissioned during the tenure of the last government. Cllr Gilliland has also criticised IBEC for suggesting that legislation that would enhance workers’ rights was ‘draconian and unnecessary’.
The two reports, commissioned at the request of the Labour Party when in government, included one examining company law, in response to the deplorable situation former Cleary’s workers were left in following the closure of the company. The other report dealt with the prevalence of zero hour contracts and precarious working conditions. The recommendations of both reports have been shelved following the formation of the minority Fine Gael government.Cllr Gilliland said “We are four days out from a strike in TESCO's against reduced contract terms and conditions and the government seem totally impervious to the recommendations of the reports. I am appalled that IBEC considers legislation that would enhance workers' rights and provide them with greater security 'draconian' and 'unnecessary'.She continued “The government's response to IBEC’s assertions will test its commitment to a social recovery. I am calling on the new Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, to assure workers that this government will stand up for their rights.”