Local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that legislation that came into force this month will see zero-hour contracts banned, and provide a legislative basis for banded-hours contracts.
“This legislation enhances the rights and conditions of workers, especially those in unsecure, informal or precarious employment. It will see zero-hours contracts become a thing of the past and it gives workers more security over hours and income.
“My colleague David Cullinane TD first proposed legislation of this type in 2016 following consultation with Mandate trade union, which represents retail, bar, and administrative workers.
“Under this Act workers have the right to be given a contract that accurately reflects the hours they normally work per week. Many workers, particularly in retail chains, would have 15-hour contracts but actually work a 40 hour week on an ongoing basis. They can now request a new minimum hours contract based on the average weekly hours worked over the previous 12 months. This is key to guaranteeing income security.
“Precarious work, unsecure hours, rolling fixed-term contracts and stagnant wages are hurting workers across multiple sectors. It is great to see some progress being made on these issues but there is a long way to go. Sinn Féin will continue to stand with workers and their unions to ensure fairness and security in work.”
McGuinness is a member of the Unite Union youth committee, which advocates for the rights of young workers.