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Labour is making work pay

Posted on November 04, 2015 at 10:51 AM


The findings of the Report carried out by University of Limerick, ‘A Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hours Contracts among Irish Employers and their Impact on Employees’ commissioned by Minister Ged Nash, was published today.

[Download the report from our policy section.]

The Report recommends that the use of “if and when” contracts by employers needs to be addressed.

Interestingly, it shows that zero hour contracts, as we know them, are not extensively used. However, a new phenomenon of "if and when" contracts has been identified by the researchers.

The Report recommends that employees are given at least 72 hours’ notice of any request to undertake work and the same amount of notice should be given for the cancellation of hours. If a worker undertakes extra hours without the minimum notice, they should be compensated at 150% of the rate they would be paid. If workers do not get the minimum notice for the cancellation of hours, they should be paid at their normal rate for the hours which were scheduled.

People who work on “if and when” contracts face difficulty planning their everyday lives because they have little certainty over their work schedules and how much they will earn in a month. This makes it difficult for people to budget and pay bills or even plan a family day out.

Labour in Government is addressing this important issue and delivering better pay and better work for all.


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