What we stand for

  • Ban zero hour and if and when contracts – all contracts to have fixed or banded hours.
  • Ban bogus self-employment.
  • Abolish the lower minimum wage levels currently applicable to under 18s or those with less than two years experience – no to pay discrimination.
  • Increase the minimum wage to a living wage of €15 an hour. Instead of subsidising low pay employers with Family Income Supplement, the state should be ensuring a living wage for all.
  • Implement “fair scheduling” with workers to receive rotas at a minimum of 14 days in advance.
  • Outlaw unpaid work, before or after shifts and in any ‘work trials’ or ‘training’ – pay workers for all hours worked.
  • Implement compulsory travel money for workers asked to travel to or from work at times when public transport is not accessible.
  • Full pay for workers unable to get to work or whose work is closed as a result of extreme weather events.
  • Allow part-time workers to get full-time work in company when hours become available – implement the EU Directive on Part-Time Working.
  • Compulsory overtime premium paid for hours worked in excess of ‘normal hours’ stipulated in contract and for Sundays.
  • Scrap the discriminatory rates of social welfare for under 25s.
  • Scrap the JobPath scheme which privatises social welfare and acts as a poverty trap.
  • Ban all unpaid internships.
  • Introduce a new crime of ‘wage theft’ to penalise employers who steal from their workers by withholding their wages, for example through not paying for hours worked, not paying the minimum wage or not giving final paycheck after a worker leaves a job.
  • Ban the theft of wages or tips by employers to make up till shortages.
  • Implement the right to collective bargaining.
  • A new campaigning approach by the trade union movement to organise the unorganised – unionise precarious workplaces to stop the undermining of wages and conditions for all.