Last night, the Dáil supported the Labour Party’s motion and said #Yes4WorkersRights. This marks the first loss for the new FG/Independent Government and the first time a Government has lost a Private Members' Motion since 1989.
We were delighted to be joined in the Dáil Gallery last night by Clerys' workers, trade unionists and Labour members old and new to see the Dáil back improving working conditions for people by introducing a living wage, tackling zero hour contracts and delivering stronger rights and protections for employees in the workplace.
The passing of our motion has shown New Politics and Labour's constructive opposition at work. We've only just begun - get involved today.
The Labour Leader Brendan Howlin TD introducing Labour's workers' rights motion to the House
Today during Leaders' Questions our Party Leader Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when the Government plan to legislate for the recommendations of the University of Limerick Report on Zero Hour Contracts.
Deputy Howlin pointed out to the Taoiseach that there is only 2 paragraphs on workers' rights in the Programme for Governemnt which is miniscule compated to other topics - and that workers' rights were in danger of being the first area seriously damaged by this Governmet.
Is it the Government's intention to legislate the proposals on Zero Hr Contracts that was advanced by @geraldnash ?-Brendan Howlin #Dáil
The Labour Party was born out of the trade union movement and we have a long history of standing up for working people.
In government we resisted domestic and international pressure and increased the minimum wage twice and introduced collective bargaining to strengthen the ability of workers to negotiate with employers over pay and conditions.
Brendan spoke to Miriam about the buzz that the Wexford Opera and Light Opera Festivals bring to Wexford and while the current Government has neglected the Arts community - Labour in opposition will be vocal on the side of the art's community.
Today during Leaders' Questions our Party Leader, Brendan Howlin TD offered his and the Labour Party's full solidarity and support to the people of Inner City Dublin who are under siege because of criminal activity in the area.
Deputy Howlin said it was important that the Dáil and every Member in it not only stands with the people in the Inner City but is determined to solve the problems they face.
Deputy Howlin called on the Taoiseach to set up a a multi-agency task force to combat the rise of gangland crime in Dublin’s North Inner City - which the Taoiseach responded positively too and assured Deputy Howlin that all sides of the House will have input into the terms of reference.
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Today, Brendan Howlin was elected the 12 th Leader of the Labour Party.
Speaking at the announcement of his Leadership, Brendan Howlin thanked his parliamentary colleagues fot their support and spoke about what Labour has to offer for the Irish people.
Deputy Howlin said: "Labour doesn't offer theatrics. We offer real change. This is uniquely Labour’s space. Democracy is predicated on a contract with the people. And that contract is based on improving people’s standard of living and quality of life."
Today Deputy Willie Penrose with members of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) pubished a Bill which seeks to amend the Constitution to provide for the retention of certain public utilities in public ownership by stipulating there can be no sale of the assets without a referendum.
Speaking at the launch deputy Penrose said: "If the amendment is approved at a referendum, it will not possible for the Oireachtas to pass legislation to approve the privatisation of the companies that own our gas or electricity transimission adn distrubition networks or the public water supply and waste water treatement infrastructure.
The purpose of this Bill is to hold a referendum to retain public ownership of water, gas and electricity .- Willie Penrose