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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I thank all the witnesses. It has been a really useful discussion. I will take up from where the previous conversation finished, that is, with the issue of why the regulations changed in 2016. I think members of the general public will be genuinely quite shocked to hear that right now there is no obligation on employers to notify the HSA of Covid-19 cases. I wish to drill down into this....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: To be clear, if the 2016 change had not happened, would there now be an obligation on employers to report Covid cases?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: Would Dr. McGuinness like to comment on the fact that European countries have seen fit to regard Covid-19 as an occupational illness? They seem to have had no difficulty doing so. Dr. McGuinness may have seen the addendum to the ICTU presentation, which showed the European Union of Medical Specialists making reference to the need to make Covid an occupational illness. What is the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: Perhaps we will try to tease this out with a real-life example because I am still struggling with this a little. Let us take a meat factory and two workers. The first worker contracts Covid in the community, at home. He goes to work because he is asymptomatic and then, unfortunately, passes it on to a second worker. What are the obligations of the employer in this example? Does it have...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: Yes, but with respect - and I apologise for interrupting Dr. McGuinness but I am just very short on time - have we not just highlighted why there is a major problem with how this works, or indeed does not work, at the moment? What Dr. McGuinness is actually saying is that in a case in which one worker introduces Covid into a factory unknowingly and a further worker then gets it - and that,...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: That is a huge gap, is it not?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I ask Dr. McGuinness to help me out here. How would those first three ways of reporting highlight the workplace issue?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: Yes, but there is a problem here, is there not? What Dr. McGuinness told us two minutes ago is that there is no obligation on the employer to report the two cases in the example I gave her. That appears to me to be a major gap. How does it make sense for employers not to have an obligation to report employees with Covid in the workplace? That question is for the HSA.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: Dr. McGuinness mentioned the significant administrative burden. In cases where an employee has Covid, what process does the employer have to engage with? What is the significant burden if an employer has to report a case to the HSA?

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (29 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: Colleagues were rightly outraged by the Beacon Hospital-private school vaccine scandal and I know they spoke about it on Friday. However, a related scandal which has not really received any airing over the past couple of years is the €91 million subsidy given to private schools each year by this Government. To be clear, I have no problem with parents who want to send their children...

Seanad: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (29 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I thank the Minister for coming in because I know he has an extremely busy schedule at the moment. This week is going to be crucial for him and the Government. There are a number of concerns and I will try to go through them as quickly as I can. The first is fundamental. As we know, the national immunisation advisory committee, NIAC, has identified and prioritised 15 groups for...

Seanad: Quality in Public Procurement (Contract Preparation and Award Criteria) Bill 2021: Second Stage (26 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: It is good to see my comrade, Senator Warfield, in the role of Acting Chair. I congratulate Senator Higgins for this excellent well thought out legislation. I am quite taken aback by the comments made by Senator Pauline O'Reilly. She spoke about throwing about nonsense figures. The only figure mentioned was by Senator Boyhan, who suggested six months rather than 12. To make a comment...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Roadmap to Social Inclusion: Discussion (23 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I thank the Minister of State for his detailed presentation and the really good level of engagement we have had over the past hour or so. A lot of ground has been covered so I will be relatively brief. I wish to make one key point. I suspect the Minister of State may agree with me on it but it will be interesting to hear what he has to say. On allowances and social welfare payments, the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Roadmap to Social Inclusion: Discussion (23 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I will be very brief and I appreciate the Minister of State's answer. On the issue of how his Department has ensured that work pays through fair pay and conditions for workers, my concern is that as workers do not have a statutory right to collective bargaining in this State, unlike most of Europe, they are at a distinct disadvantage. Workers in many sectors have no means of getting a pay...

Seanad: National Development Plan: Statements (22 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: Well said.

Seanad: National Development Plan: Statements (22 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I thank the Acting Chairperson and it is nice to see her in the Chair. I welcome the Minister. The speech has been interesting and I want to address it as much as I can in the few minutes that I have got. Let us start with the first point. It is good that he is examining the level of public investment and whether it needs to be adjusted. Sinn Féin is clearly of the view that...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (9 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I thank both groups. I want to focus on the meat industry and what Dr. McGann's colleague, Ms Redmond, said, which is correct, that is, that everyone is entitled to be a member of a trade union. Unfortunately, in my experience when I worked on the front line in the meat sector for a number of years, if one told colleagues that one had joined a trade union or tried to organise colleagues...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (9 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I take Dr. McGann's point on that. However, I want to focus on the meat industry. These are the work permits that pay just €22,000 a year. Everyone around this table would be on multiples of that salary. It is backbreaking work. There was a tremendous report done by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, MRCI, Working to the Bone, which showed in great detail the levels of...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (9 Mar 2021)

Paul Gavan: I apologise for interrupting but I am short on time. The difficulty with what Dr. McGann has said - to be fair it is not her fault - is that the inspections are not taking place. We know from the data we received this morning that there have been ten inspections per year for the past six years. In that small number of inspections, effectively one in two inspections found wrongdoing....

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