Limerick TD told of progress on laws to protect low hour contract workers

Willie O'Dea
Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O'Dea

Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has been informed that new legislation regarding protection for persons on insecure low hour contracts may be published before Christmas.

Speaking in the Dáil last week, Deputy O’Dea, who is the party spokesman on Social Protection, said that Fianna Fáil supports such a measure which it had inserted into and enshrined the ‘Confidence and Supply’ agreement which is now 18 months old.

“We support it because of the increased casualisation of labour and the resulting insecurity,” he said.

“Naturally, we are concerned to progress it as quickly as possible. I, therefore, ask the Minister to make every effort possible to have it brought to the House, at least on Second Stage, before Christmas. However, I realise the constraints.”

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said the Bill is being drafted and she hoped to be able to publish it in December.

“If there is not the usual rush here in the last couple of weeks in December, I might be lucky to have it started before Christmas,” she said. “I say this while acknowledging we also have the Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Bill 2017 and will have the new Social Welfare Bill that will go to the Cabinet.”

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