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This week we are voting #Yes4WorkersRights

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 03:52 PM

Tomorrow we will table our first private members motion of the new Dáil term.

Our motion will improve 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 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.


We are calling on voters to contact their TDs to encourage them to vote for our motion so that working conditions improve for people – particularly for low paid workers.

You can read the text of our motion below:



Draft/Notice of Motion re: Protection of Workers’ Rights

“That Dáil Éireann:

  •  affirms that, as economic conditions continue to improve, it will stand up for working people and ensure that employees secure a fair share of growing national prosperity,
  • accordingly calls for a programme of incremental increases to the National Minimum Wage until it is pegged at 60% of median earnings, and for a Living Wage of €11.50 per hour to be adopted throughout the public sector,
  • believes that, alongside tackling low pay, we must address root causes of insecurity at work, commit to further protections for vulnerable workers in precarious employment and bring an end to exploitative employment contracts that foster increased casualisation of workers,
  •  calls therefore on the Government to prepare and introduce a legislative package that will protect and enhance workers’ rights by –
  •  ending the abuse of “if and when” contracts,
  •  combatting bogus self-employment,
  •  ensuring freelance workers have the right to collectively bargain,
  •  extending the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE) to workers in services such as catering and security,
  •  protecting workers in ‘informal’ insolvencies and collective redundancies,
  •  providing statutory redress for the victims of workplace bullying,
  •  promoting employment standards and the Living Wage in public procurement, and
  •  preventing unilateral reductions in pay,
  •  notes in particular the University of Limerick report to Government on the prevalence of zero hours contracts and, commissioned following the outrageous treatment of Clerys workers in June 2015, the Cahill-Duffy review of the laws on the protection of employee interests when assets are separated from the operating entity, and
  • commends the recommendations set out in both these reports and calls on the Government as an urgent priority to prepare legislation for their implementation. – Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton, Alan Kelly, Jan O'Sullivan, Willie Penrose, Brendan Ryan, Sean Sherlock.

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