Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017: From the Seanad
I am happy enough with the Minister's explanation. We fought for a long time for the bands agreed on Committee Stage. The Minister's initial proposal was narrow, providing for four bands. It is critical that we apply the altered bands for workers and trade unions which campaigned on the issue. These bands are in line with what they were seeking. These bands strengthen the legislation and brings into line with what was sought by the trade unions and workers in precarious employment. On the basis that the Minister is acting on advice from the Office of the Attorney General that the wording should change but the bands will remain in place, Sinn Féin is happy to agree to the amendment.