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Is Your Local TD Voting #Yes4WorkersRights?

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 03:15 PM

Today we launched our motion calling on the Government to stand up for working people and ensure that employees secure a fair share of growing national prosperity.


In this time of "new politics" we are looking for cross-party support in the Dáil to support workers' rights. Have you contacted your local TD to see if they are saying #Yes4WorkersRights?

We've drafted an email for you to send to your local TD, which you can find below. Your local TD can be contacted on [email protected] e.g. [email protected]

Email for your local TD:

Dear Deputy,

As a voter in your constituency, I am writing to request that you support the Motion to be tabled in the Dail this week by the Labour Party.

In the spirit of new politics, the motion seeks a commitment from the government and indeed all Dail deputies to build on the work of the last administration in enhancing employment rights and tackling the scourge of low pay and zero-hour contracts. 

Fine Gael helped to deliver significant change for working people in the last government. New collective bargaining legislation, two increases to the National Minimum Wage and the introduction of new wage setting mechanisms benefitted thousands of workers in your constituency.

Disappointingly, the Programme for Government is very limited in its ambition to further expand protections for working people such as those who are caught up in insolvencies such as Clery's and the need to move towards a Living Wage in the public service. 

It is not too late to address these shortcomings. 




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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