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Zero hour contracts - 5Days5Ways

Posted on June 05, 2015

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Over the past year, there has been increasing debate, nationally and internationally, about zero-hours contracts. For employers they can provide flexibility, efficiency in human resource management, more resilience in downturns and greater competitiveness. Disadvantages for employers include a limited integration of workers in the business, lower motivation and poorer work quality.

For workers, the flexibility offered can help in reconciling work and family life or studies and can serve as a stepping-stone to enter the labour market. However, negatives can include lower levels of job/income security, potential lack of benefits, lower job satisfaction and the risk of becoming trapped in a succession of short-term, low quality jobs with inadequate social protection.

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Registered Employment Agreements - #5Days5Ways

Posted on June 04, 2015

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The Government has moved on a number of fronts in relation to wage setting, including reforms to the Joint Labour Committee system through the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012.

More recently, the Government approved the drafting of legislation to provide a revised legislative framework to replace REAs. This follows the 2013 judgement by the Supreme Court in the McGowan case.

The purpose of the legislation is twofold. Firstly, it will provide for the reintroduction of a mechanism for the registration of employment agreements between an employer or employers and trade unions governing terms and conditions in individual enterprises. Such agreements will not be legally binding beyond the subscribing parties.

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Low Pay Commission - #5Days5Ways

Posted on June 03, 2015

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The Low Pay Commission has been set up to advise the Government on a new rate for the minimum wage. It was officially launched in February by Minister Ged Nash and is expected to submit its first report to Government by the middle of July.

Minister Nash said, “Work should always pay and I want to ensure that those on the lowest wages in society are given the opportunity to share in the economic recovery that is beginning to take hold. The Low Pay Commission will take an independent and evidence based view of what any new minimum wage should be.”

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Collective Bargaining - 5Days5Days

Posted on June 02, 2015

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Over the next five days we'll be highlighting the work being carried out by Minister Ged Nash as part of our ongoing #5Days5Ways campaigns and how Labour is delivering in Government. Today we're focusing on the strides made in collective bargaining. 

The introduction of new collective bargaining legislation will fulfil an important commitment under the Programme for Government. The measures were the subject of a detailed consultation process with all key stakeholders.

For employees, it will significantly enhance their ability to negotiate their working conditions. For employers, it will provide certainty in managing their workplaces in the years ahead.

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The Labour Party is seeking to appoint a new General Secretary

Posted on May 26, 2015

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The Labour Party under the Leadership of Joan Burton, T.D., is seeking to appoint a new General Secretary.

The General Secretary is the Chief Operating Officer of the Party, providing strategic and operational advice and practical support including planning and evaluation and high level communications, under the direction of the Party Leader.

A knowledge of the Labour Party is essential, as is a genuine commitment to advancing social democracy. The successful candidate will have proven management and organisational experience, as well as a sound knowledge of the political scene at home and abroad.

The successful candidate must be prepared to work unsocial hours, with a small but enthusiastic staff, and generally be willing to accept the pressures of serving a vigorous political party.

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The Labour Party’s Proud LGBT History

Posted on May 25, 2015

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It has been a long road to achieve marriage equality in Ireland. So many people and organisations, political and non-political have played their part in making it happen. Achieving social, legal and political change involves a massive collective effort over many decades. 

The Labour Party is proud of its role in helping reaching this pivotal point. For the Labour Party, the question of marriage for lesbian and gay people in Ireland has always been a question of equal citizenship. It is as simple as that. 

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Thank you, together, we made marriage equality happen

Posted on May 25, 2015

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The results are in and Ireland has changed for the better.

The vote the outcome will echo around the world. We’re the first country to introduce Marriage Equality by the people actively voting for it. 

We have set an example and shown we can lead the way in tolerance, respect and equality.

Every Labour member, supporter and activists must take great pride in this achievement. We have been to the fore in social change in Ireland and we led this campaign from the front.

Make sure to tell everyone you spoke to during the campaign that this would not have happened without the Labour Party in government.

Together, we made marriage equality happen.

Joan Burton

Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party

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We need to do everything we can to get the YES vote out - Burton

Posted on May 20, 2015

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Today we held our final press conference of the Marriage Equality referendum campaign. The Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister Alex White, Minister Aodhan ÓRIordain, Senator Ivana Bacik and deputies John Lyons and Eric Byrne were all present along with Josie Lyons, John's mam, who spoke so heartfeltly and passionately in a video about her desire for the referendum to pass. (You can watch the video from here.)

During the press conference the Tánaiste Joan Burton paid tribute to the thousands of people who have campaigned for a yes vote all over the country saying it has been a campaign like no other, but the job is not yet finished. 

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John Lyons and his family talk about marriage and equality

Posted on May 14, 2015

Today we launched our Marriage Equality referendum campaign video which features Deputy John Lyons talking to his Mam Josie, and his brother Declan about marriage and equality. The star of the video is definitely Josie who talks about when John told her he was gay and her hopes for him in the future. 

Launching the video the Tánaiste Joan Burton said: "This video is a heartfelt and honest insight into a mother’s love for her child and why marriage equality matters to her. Josie speaks frankly about the internal struggle she faced when John told her he was gay for the first time, and then one day, walking out of Tesco with her head held high when members of the public began congratulating her.

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New measures introduced to help mortgage holders in arrears

Posted on May 14, 2015

Mortgage Arrears in Context

A number of new measures to support mortgage holders who are arrears has been agreed by the Government. The supports are building on actions already taken and aim to increase the supports available to people in arrears and to increase the numbers of people availing of them.

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Announcing the news yesterday Minister Alan Kelly welcomed the measures saying they have been designed to improve access to the scheme and the new thresholds make it more accessible and flexible.

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