June 18, 2021
Government must clamp down on state monies being used to facilitate bogus self-employment – Louise O’Reilly TD

Speaking in the Dáil last night, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Louise O’Reilly TD, said the Government has a responsibility to clamp down on state monies being used to facilitate bogus self-employment in the construction sector and called for immediate intervention.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The practice of bogus self-employment has been rampant across numerous sectors for some time now. It is particularly prevalent in construction, IT, universities, the gig economy, and many more. This abhorrent practice makes winners out of bad employers and it makes losers out of good employers, workers, and the state.

“The Government must commit itself to outlawing this practice in every sector of the economy, but it must take a particularly firm hand with the construction sector. This is especially true of where state money is being spent. 

“Recently, a significant amount of information has been provided to me highlighting how state monies being spent by Local Authorities is being used to facilitate bogus self-employment in the construction sector by building and construction contractors.

“There is no oversight from these Local Authorities as to how the contractors who have won tenders treat their workers and if they are respecting the legal Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) rate of pay.

“I have seen payslips from workers who are working on contracted jobs for Local Authorities who are not being paid the SEO rate, who are not receiving any pension contributions, and whose PRSI is not being paid.

“Many of these exploited workers are afraid to speak up for fear they will be blacklisted within the construction sector and not be able to get any future employment.

“The Government has a duty, as do Local Authorities, to ensure that where state money is being spent that the legally agreed SEO rate is being paid, that workers’ rights are being respected, and that bogus self-employment is not happening.

“There is obviously a need for value for money where state money is being spent, but workers’ rights, workers’ pay, and workers’ terms and conditions cannot be sacrificed to that end.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

It was wonderful to be in Pomeroy to help launch the incredible state of the art facility for Plunkett’s GAC and the local community.

It is fantastic to see this high level ambition within local communities, with people coming together to make their vision a reality and achieve…

It's time to scrap the TV Licence. The endless scandals at RTÉ have damaged people's trust and confidence.

Those at the top are never held accountable while tens of thousands of ordinary people are dragged through the courts. The public wants decisive action. It is time to act.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said Ireland must use all its influence, at home and abroad, to demand an end to Israel’s genocidal war and to promote Palestinian national freedom.


Government’s failed bid to host EU’s new anti-money laundering agency requires scrutiny – Senator Lynn Boylan

"The obvious question for any agency or multinational looking at establishing a base in Dublin is where will their workers live."

https://vote.sinnfein.ie/governments-failed-bid-to-host-eus-new-anti-money-laundering-agency-requires-scrutiny-senator-lynn-boylan/ @LNBDublin

Load More