Labour Youth make submission to end “If and When” contracts

Labour Youth
04 January 2016

Labour Youth has today reaffirmed its position on tackling precarious work by making a submission to the expert consultation group which will look into legislation to end the use of If and When Contracts, as recommended by a study conducted by the University of Limerick. 

National Chairperson of Labour Youth, Grace Williams comments: “It is important that legislation to end the use of If and When Contracts is prioritised. 

“Precarious contracts pose a significant threat to ensuring stable and quality employment for workers, something which we, in Labour Youth, believe is essential.

“Minister Ged Nash has made great strides in improving the rights of workers in this government. We hope to see this legislation brought to cabinet in the coming weeks to complete these achievements.

“We believe there are three main points which must be included in this legislation which will ensure quality employment for all and end the prevalence of precarious work.  

“Workers should be given a significant notice period, 72 hours, to start work, allowing them to organise their lives around their work schedule in advance. 

“They should also have a minimum amount of guaranteed hours for a week of work, giving workers financial stability so that uncertainty does not dictate their every purchase. 

“We also believe that a minimum of a three hour consecutive shift is necessary to ensure that pay for one shift does more than cover the cost of transport to and from their place of work.”

Labour Youth Policy and Education Officer, Hazel O’Driscoll adds: “During this term in government the Labour Party has worked tirelessly to improve working conditions for low paid workers and legislating against If and When Contracts is the final part of this proud legacy.”

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