Bring clarity to work hours
Bringing clarity to work hours is essential to creating decent jobs. Too many people have jobs with uncertain hours and cannot calculate from week to week what they will earn. These practices put workers under immense pressure and leads to a lack of security.
Low pay and casual working arrangements prevent people from getting mortgages, entering rental agreements and being able to make ﬁnancial commitments. Tackling this is an essential part of our commitment to creating decent jobs.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to create decent jobs
Balanced employment legislation
Support balanced employment legislation that works for both employee and employer, while protecting jobs.
Ban zero hour contracts
Ban zero and low-hour type contracts that are abusive towards workers.
Provisions for banded hour contracts
Make provision for banded hour contracts to allow workers on low- and zero-hour type contracts a minimum set of hours and the right to request more hours as practised.
Prevent bogus self-employment
Clamp down on exploitative bogus self-employment contracts, which are becoming increasingly prevalent, so that some employers can get away with providing for basic holiday pay, sick pay and pension contributions and deprive the State of PRSI revenue.
Sufficient resources for dispute resolutions mechanisms
Ensure that the labour relations machinery of the State i.e. the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court, are sufficiently resourced to provide essential services to resolve industrial disputes.
Protect young people’s prospects
Protect the rights of young people including those on internships and strengthen their job prospects.
Expand Ireland’s apprenticeships schemes
Diversify and expand the current provision of apprenticeships types and ensure sufficient supports are in place to prospective apprentices to pursue this pathway to a highly valuable career.
Expand State funding of upskilling of employees.