Mandate to explain how workers can obtain secure hour contracts under new legislation

Monday 4 February 2019

Mandate Trade Union will host a public information meeting to explain how new legislation [Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018] addressing zero hour and low hour contracts will operate.

The meeting will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, 6th February at 7pm.

Guests at the meeting will explain how retail and bar workers can avail of the new legislation and obtain secure hour contracts, while at the same time explaining how they can improve their pay and conditions of employment.

It is Mandate’s intention to roll out these meetings across the country in order to assist members in obtaining secure hour contracts.

Local activist, Ken Reilly, said: “Wouldn’t it be nice to have decent, secure employment that allows workers to thrive and participate in society rather than to merely survive. There’s no magic wand, but Mandate Trade Union believe it’s possible, and so should you. Come along to our pubic meeting and see how we can start this fight.”

Mandate’s David Gibney who will be speaking on the night explained:

“Irish retail and bar workers are low paid by comparison with their European counterparts. They are also employed on precarious and insecure contracts of employment, often with very low guaranteed hours which prevent them from any sort of secure income or even the ability to obtain a loan or a mortgage from a bank.

“For the last few years, Mandate has been lobbying for legislation which would help us to address these issues and on Christmas Day 2018, the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins signed that legislation. At this meeting, we will show how workers can benefit from it.”

Other speakers will include Dr. Stevie Nolan, Trademark Belfast. More information on the new legislation is available at the video below.