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Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister for his clear response and for his indication that he intends to have the regulations in place by the end of 2021. That is very welcome. As I have said, there is immense concern, despite the use of the phrase "as soon as is reasonably practicable", that there have been many delays since May 2017 when we introduced our Labour Party Bill. We want to ensure more clarity...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I think we all know we agreed the amendment would be pressed. I do not want to catch anyone out.

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I withdraw the amendment in light of the Minister’s response.

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: Our amendment No. 5 in this group seeks to do something similar, to ensure we capture the most pertinent data to form a comprehensive picture of the extent and nature of the gender pay gap. We believe the wording in amendment No. 5 is more suitable because it recognises it is not sufficient to compare just part-time men and part-time women workers. We know those working fewer hours suffer a...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I will speak on amendment No. 5. Noting Senator O'Reilly's point, it is important when we quote these figures, as I did, from the CSO on the breakdown between men and women working part-time that clearly nobody is judging any decision to work part-time or otherwise. We have to be cognisant, however, that people make decisions and circumstances not of their choosing. Where there is a very...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 5: In page 4, to delete lines 13 to 18 and substitute the following: “(v) the difference between the mean hourly remuneration of part-time employees of the female gender and that of— (I) part-time employees of the male gender, and (II) full-time employees of the male gender,expressed in each case as a percentage; (vi) the difference between the median...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 9: In page 4, to delete line 25. These three amendments are interlinked and all seek to do the same thing. They would add another element to section 20A, one which we feel it is currently missing, by making reference to trade union involvement in drawing together gender pay gap data and devising remedial action plans or measures to tackle pay discrepancies on grounds...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister for that very full response and for his nice words to the gentleman in Sandymount. Of course, I would love to be able to continue this work elsewhere and I certainly would not stop doing it if I were fortunate enough to succeed in the by-election. If I was not in the Seanad, I would of course be out talking with people in Sandymount, Ringsend and everywhere else across...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 11: In page 4, to delete line 34 and substitute the following: “employer’s case, and (d) employers who are party to a collective agreement negotiated with a recognised trade union or staff association to consult with the trade union or staff association concerned both prior to and following upon the publication of the information referred to in...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 13: In page 4, to delete lines 38 to 41, and in page 5, to delete lines 1 to 10 and substitute the following: “(3) Regulations made under this section shall not apply to an employer having fewer than 20 employees.”. These are the amendments seeking to lower the threshold at which the legislation will apply to different organisations. I spoke on...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister for his response. I would always defer to Senator Sherlock on matters of statistics. Her figures are from 2018, so I am sure the Minister arrived at 65% of employers and at that point the threshold of 50 employees would have captured 57.5% of all employees. That may well have gone up, as the Minister said, to 65%. The point is this will only be the case once the...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 22: In page 5, line 11, to delete “may” and substitute “shall”. I will speak to amendments Nos. 22 and 24 and I referred to this matter on Second Stage. These amendments seek to substitute "shall" for "may" in two instances, in section 20A(4) and section 20A(5). It is an attempt to address the lack of specificity in the provisions, which...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: Certainly, we will all be very anxious to know what is in the regulations. That is clear. It would be helpful to have more clarity on it. I will not press the amendment at this stage. I will withdraw it and reserve the right to reintroduce it at a later stage.

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 24: In page 5, line 22, to delete “may” and substitute “shall”. I will withdraw the amendment.

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 25: In page 5, line 23, after “manner” to insert “(which shall include, if the employer concerned maintains a website, publication on that website)”. This amendment, which is drafted in the same spirit as amendments Nos. 22 and 24, seeks to ensure there is greater clarity about what will be prescribed in the regulations. We have specified...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: Briefly, given the long incubation period, there is a slight concern still that there is not greater clarity. One would assume there will be a centralised website. That seems to be the model elsewhere in most other jurisdictions, where it is not only a requirement that employers would publish on their own website, which adds to the administrative burden on employers, particularly once we...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 26: In page 5, lines 23 and 24, to delete “(which shall not be more frequent than once in each year)” and substitute ‘‘(which shall be at least annually)’’. The legislation provides that it will "not be more frequent than once in each year". We are putting it somewhat differently with "at least annually" to give greater...

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 27: In page 5, line 27, after “relates,” to insert “and their recognised trade union or staff association (if any),”.

Seanad: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019: Committee Stage (21 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I move amendment No. 28: In page 5, to delete lines 29 and 30 and substitute the following: “(6) (a) Regulations made under this section shall require the employer to publish information in respect of a public body and, for the purposes of this paragraph, a person holding office in or employed in the service of a public body is deemed to be an employee of that public body.”....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters: UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Ratification of Optional Protocol: Discussion (Resumed) (17 Jun 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank our speakers for their presentations which are very useful for the committee to hear. I echo the words of others, following Mr. Harris's points, that the lack of clear timeframe for the ratification of the optional protocol is disappointing. We have all shared our concerns about that. I appreciate that it is difficult to give an exact time line but will the Secretary General say a...

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