Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe, has welcomed the passing of his party’s amendment to the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill at Committee Stage. He said the amendment will strengthen and enhance workers’ rights.

Teachta Seán Crowe said:

“This legislation is crucially important to protect the rights of all workers, but in particular workers that are trapped in precarious and low-paid employment.

“This Bill needed to be strengthened to achieve additional security for workers when it comes to their working hours, and in turn, their incomes. It also needed to ensure that the actual hours worked by an employee are reflected in their employment contract.

“While this Bill consists of a number of important provisions, it was essential that the bands of weekly working hours were made clear and precise in the legislation.

“The Government had tried to bring forward an amendment to the weekly bands which they had initially proposed, but this change which would have undermined workers’ rights. This was thankfully defeated in favour of the structure of bands put forward by Sinn Féin.”