Senator Bacik welcomes Labour workers’ rights motion
In January of this year, Senator Ivana Bacik proposed the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016 on behalf of the Labour Party Senators, as a private members’ bill which was allowed pass through to Second Stage by then Minister Richard Bruton.
Senator Bacik’s Competition (Amendment) Bill stems from a longstanding Labour Party commitment to ensure protection of the right to collectively bargain for freelance workers, including journalists, actors and others who perform their work on a self-employed or contract for services basis.
Welcoming the passage of the Bill through second stage back in January, Senator Bacik said then:
“This Bill will allow self-employed workers, such as actors or journalists, who personally provide work or perform services, to collectively bargain with their employers. However, it would ensure consumers remain protected from illegal price-fixing. It is great to see it pass through second stage.”
In the same spirit, Senator Bacik welcomed the Labour Motion for the protection of workers’ rights to be debated in the Dáil this week.