Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017: From the Seanad
We would have happily sat down with the unions but we did not get that contact. We came here to keep this in the Bill and I have not had time to hear from any unions. There are building workers and many others, including journalists, who are affected by this. This issue of the bogusly self-employed applies to other industries. We cannot accept the Minister's word. It is not a case of just taking something out. We have done that before and it has not worked.
I understand why the Minister did not have time to get a Bill through scrutiny and so on, but she could have shown us the heads of a Bill. That would have made all the difference. She has had a lot of time to work on this.