Carty, John

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 205 Nbr. 10


Order of Business (Resumed)

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EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work: Statements

In welcoming the Minister of State, Deputy Calleary, I would like it noted there are three Members present in the Chamber from County Mayo and Senator Bradford, considering his recent marriage anno...More Button

I welcome the opportunity to discuss the EU directive on temporary agency work. Under the terms of the directive, member states are required to transpose it into national legislation by 5 December...More Button

The directive respects and complies with the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, specifically Article 31 which provides that every worker has the right to working conditions which resp...More Button

It also covers work undertaken by pregnant women and nursing mothers, children and young people, and includes action taken to combat discrimination on the grounds of sex, race or ethnic origin, rel...More Button

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The directive is therefore wide-ranging. The legislation will be comprehensive when it comes before the House. The directive makes changes to national law and any further employment rights, since...More Button

While the directive provides for equal treatment for agency workers from the first day of employment, there is provision for a derogation within limits by way of collective agreement or by agreemen...More Button

As the Minister of State has told the House, agency working plays a useful role in the economy. It helps employers to respond to changing demand and can help employees in terms of greater flexibil...More Button

I understand the objective of the directive is ultimately to improve the quality of temporary agency work and ensure a smoother functioning of the labour market. I noted the Minister of State&rsqu...More Button

Agency work is atypical in Ireland, but is more common in the EU. The directive aims to ensure that vulnerable agency workers are typically protected. The temporary agency working sector in Irela...More Button

I welcome the fact the Minister of State has opened the directive to consultation. In his speech, he did say that such consultation will be broadly based in order to seek the views of all the soci...More Button

The views attained will help to inform this process fully. The consultation will help to identify the constituent elements of pay, beyond basic pay. It should include, for example, overtime and s...More Button