This week, councillors in the north-west of the city talked about plans for amenities in Fairview and who’ll get to work on a site building social housing.
There was low turnout to this month’s council meeting at City Hall, but the councillors who turned up talked about making Dublin dementia-friendly, tackling bogus self-employment, and more.
They say companies are cutting paperwork corners in ways that can mean less pay, or at least fewer benefits, for the workers.
Some are concerned that many workers on building sites are falsely being classed as self-employed to keep costs down. It means they’ll miss out on supports if they lose their jobs.
Being treated as self-employed and if-and-when contracts make working in the sector a struggle, say some.
Far more construction workers today are self-employed than before the crash, which means they’re getting lower wages and fewer protections.