Cope puts pressure on Minister over seasonal and part-time workers

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has placed an amendment to the Social Protection Bill in order to pressurise the Minister and the Department to improve the rights and entitlements of part-time and seasonal workers.The current situation has adversely affected the income and rights of seasonal and part time workers.Many of these seasonal workers would have traditionally worked on a part time basis for the past 20 years or more. Pat the Cope, who has raised the issue of seasonal and part time workers previously with the Minister and the Department, and following the failure of the Government to highlight and deal with the ongoing issues in the recent Budget – has now placed an amendment to the social Protection Bill in order to obtain social protection rights for seasonal workers.The current situation is grossly unfair to seasonal workers – who traditionally work for a number of weeks each year and when the seasonal work ceases they traditionally were able to draw their social welfare entitlements until the seasonal work recommenced.The numerous changes brought about in social welfare over the past 6 years has now meant that it is virtually impossible for part – time and seasonal workers to draw any social welfare when they are out of work.The effects of this policy change have been devastating to rural and coastal communities especially here in Donegal with the many fish factory workers and other seasonal employees be that in the Tourism & Hospitality sector, farming sector throughout the county added Pat the Cope. Deputy Gallagher stated it is now a matter to force the hand of the Government to make the necessary changes to the Social Protection Bill, in order to remove this unfairness and restore the entitlements of the part time and seasonal workers.The current rules and regulations have to be changed for not alone is it causing extreme hardship to workers and their families, it will also lead to a skills shortage as it is no longer an incentive to obtain part time or seasonal work.Policies must always help those who most need assistance, it must help those who help themselves and must reward those who work to provide for themselves and their families, the error and mistake of the present Government is that it fails to recognise this; and the current rules covering social welfare for seasonal and part–time workers is a complete failure to reward work and to support workers, their families and rural communities throughout Donegal and the west of Ireland concluded Pat the Cope.Cope puts pressure on Minister over seasonal and part-time workers was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more