Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017: From the Seanad
It is an historic occasion and I want to give credit where it is due. That is not necessarily to the Minister or to those in Fianna Fáil, who were back-slapping themselves earlier. I acknowledge the role of Deputy Cullinane, Conor McCabe and Rhona McCord in my office as well as the activists in Mandate and those on the front line - the Dunnes Stores strikers. I have a list of approximately 20 names that I will probably not get an opportunity to read. They are the men and women, in particular, who engaged in strike action during the past three or four years against precarious employment. They are the people we should be thanking for finally delivering a little change in legislation. It is not as good as we would like, but we are glad that it is finally here and that we got to do this job before the term breaks up.