Banning zero hour contracts ‘disproportionate’

Employers’ group Ibec has expressed concerns about proposals to introduce legislation to outlaw zero hours working contracts.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last night told an Ibec gathering that the Government would outlaw zero hour contracts and prioritise the legislation to do so during this Dáil term.

Ibec Director of Employer Relations Maeve McElwee said such legislation would lead to significant costs and administration for all employers .

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, she said it was “disproportionate” legislation that would impact all employers. 

She said employers are asking for a regulatory impact assessment to be carried out before any legislation is implemented to consider the “significant” economic cost it would have on employers.

While she accepted less than 2% of employees were working in low or zero hour contracts which may be “precarious”, she said some of the workers were also working by choice on well paid, low hours contracts.

She said this included 20,000 workers across the health and education sectors.

Ms McElwee said the vast majority of employers look after their employees and treat them with dignity

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