Seanad debates

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Adjournment Matters

Employment Rights

7:25 pm

Photo of Fidelma Healy EamesFidelma Healy Eames (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

If the Minister or I were employed on one of these week-to-week contracts, we would not be able to plan our lives. What comfort can he give me to pass on to the considerable number of the workforce - 150,000 people - employed as agency workers? I look forward to the establishment of the commission on low pay. I could just as easily be talking on behalf of the employers' side or the small business sector but my job is to represent whatever concerns are put forward. How can these workers plan ahead? How can they borrow a penny? What can the Minister say that could help? Would he consider, for example, requesting companies, through legislation, to set the duration of contracts according to the length of a project?


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