Covid-19 has exposed the deficits in our income-support system, writes Michael Taft. “We don’t have to wait for the emergency to end to start discussing a new dispensation.”
A new law that took effect in March was meant to restrict zero-hour contracts, but some English-language teachers in Dublin say the schools where they teach are bending some of the rules.
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.
While he was lord mayor of Dublin last year, Labour’s Brendan Carr announced a scheme to promote businesses who paid the living wage by awarding them with a plaque.
Being treated as self-employed and if-and-when contracts make working in the sector a struggle, say some.
Pay for people working in hotels, bars and restaurants is half the national average. But this can be hard, physical, sometimes dangerous work.
Far more construction workers today are self-employed than before the crash, which means they’re getting lower wages and fewer protections.