Ireland - Ban on zero-hours contract foreseen - December 31, 2017

The government plans to ban zero-hours contracts in most circumstances and strengthen rights for workers on insecure contracts and those working variable hours. The minister for employment and social protection said the draft legislation would significantly improve the employment protections for people who were in less secure arrangements, not by choice, and may not know from week to week what hours they will be working. She said the vast majority of employers treated their employees well and they should have nothing to fear from the new Bill. The trade union confederation Irish Congress of Trade Unions called the legislation by no means perfect and required some amendments but said it did represent progress. The employers’ group Ibec argued the legislation as drafted would have significant adverse consequences.

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