Bríd responds to queries on the following issues Special advisers to Junior Ministers; Politicians pay ;PUP and Wage Subsidy cut; Low Pay; Covid committee debates and Maternity care in Covid
Tag: Workers’ Rights
Whilst we welcome any Bill that improves workers rights in this country, it bears pointing out the incredibly poor standard of workers rights in this country are due in no small part to Labour’s previous actions in government.
Redundancies, as we see in the Debenhams situation, are a serious issue. More redundancies in other companies, in the times of Covid, are likely. Brid speaks to an amendment to a proposed Bill that would see workers’ redundancy payments placed at the top of the list, ahead of creditors and Revenue, when it comes to dealing with insolvency.
With regard to the Debenhams workers, what we’re asking of all deputies is to say which side you are on? What we say is bail out the workers first – ahead of banks, creditors, and Revenue
Bríd gets assurance from Minister English regarding appealing the recent legal ruling against Sectoral Employment Orders, and that the government will meet, not only with Debenhams workers, but also with representatives from Construction, Contract Cleaners and Security companies, most affected by SEOs. She also challenges the contention that the workers rights’ are protected by the law, pointing out that union recognition is still not enshrined in law, some 100 years after the Lockout.
Awful weather but great spirit down outside the National Conference Centre today demanding that the new government recognise workers’ rights, especially those who are victims of the greed of companies like #Debenhams. Jane Crowe, shop steward from Debehams, was our party’s ‘honoured guest’ (each party was allowed one) and we were inside the Centre most of the morning for the vote, but we addressed the gathering just before the demo broke up
Brid challenges the Minster on the practices in the Aviation Industry where, despite huge profits being made, the workers have been treated shamefully during the Pandemic
Bríd demands answers in relation to the rights of workers in Debenhams, on the extension of Covid payment to maternity leave and to workers in Direct Provision.
The government want to use the Covid payment to divide workers and deflect attention from who is really benefitting from the emergency – gougers like Denis OBrien & Larry Goodman. Meantime, new mothers are terrified as their maternity leave comes to an end and they face a return to work with reduced supports and the absence of childcare, in these most dangerous times. Maternity leave and benefits MUST be extended. And the Ministers ‘pass the parcel’ again, to each other, to avoid meeting the very urgent and distressing needs of these women.