ONLY LABOUR WILL TACKLE THE GENDER PAY GAP - BURTON
Tánaiste Joan Burton today outlined Labour’s plans to stand up for women in the workplace, at home and in the community. Launching Labour’s plan for equality today, Joan Burton said, if re-elected to Government, Labour will tackle gender pay issues by ensuring large companies and public sector employers make public the details their own internal pay gaps in order to stimulate stronger action towards pay equality. The provisions in the ‘Standing Up For Equality’ plan include:
Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Competition Bill 2016
Tonight in the House I look forward to introducing a very important Private Members' Bill in Labour Party Private Members' time which I will be proposing and Senator Aideen Hayden will be seconding, namely, the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016 which seeks to expand the rights of collective bargaining for workers. It is a Bill that has been sought by trade unions for some years. I have been working on it for some years and I know the introduction of the Bill is being welcomed by SIPTU, the NUJ and Irish Equity, among others. Colleagues will be aware that the operation of the Competition Act 2002, in particular, restricts the capacity of unions to negotiate on behalf of freelance members, such as freelance actors or journalists, in setting pay rates. The Bill seeks to exempt certain groups of workers from the prohibition in competition law against price fixing. We are trying to take the middle ground to ensure there is no detriment to the consumer because the Competition Act is concerned with consumer protection. I am happy to provide a briefing on the Bill to any Members who wish to have one in advance of its introduction at 5 p.m. Members of the unions affected will be present in the Gallery tonight to see the Bill debated on Second Stage. It is an important plank of the Labour Party policy and it should receive a general welcome from across the House as well as from the Minister.
In the Seanad today, Senator Ivana Bacik proposed the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016 on behalf of the Labour Party Senators, as a private members’ bill. Senator Aideen Hayden of Labour seconded the Bill. On behalf of the Government, Minister Richard Bruton did not oppose the bill, which passed Second Stage in the Seanad.
COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2016 - TEXT OF BILL
An Act to delimit the application of the Competition Act 2002 to Trade Unions and Trade Union Members and to certain agreements negotiated with public bodies, and to provide for related matters.
As we approach the Christmas break, here's a short update on the work that I have been doing politically in recent months. As always, you will see more information on all these issues and more in the various sections of the website, on facebook (ivana bacik) and twitter (@ivanabacik).
May I wish you the very best wishes for Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year,
With just five weeks for the legislative programme up to Christmas I'm keen to see a number of urgent Bills passed and issues debated in both Houses #GettingDownToBusiness
Senator Ivana Bacik, Order of Business, Thursday 12th November 2015.
'Yesterday, the justice committee had a two and a half hour meeting with the Garda Commissioner, Ms Nóirín O'Sullivan, in the course of which she answered a huge number of questions on an array of issues around policing. They covered a wide range of pressing matters, including gangland crime, drugs policy, firearms and so forth. There is a great deal of material from that meeting which we could explore further in a debate in this House on policing. In addition, when will the policing authority Bill finally be passed? It is an urgent Bill.
With regard to legislation, when is the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill due back before the House? It passed Second Stage in the Seanad and there are only five weeks for the legislative programme up to Christmas. I am hopeful, as are other colleagues, that the Bill could be passed by this House by Christmas at the latest, so it can progress through the Dáil in advance of the general election. It is a very important and reforming Bill which, among other things, reforms the law on prostitution. It is important that it is passed. In addition, the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which was initiated in the Seanad and seeks to amend section 37 to prevent discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the teaching profession, is another Bill that I hope will be passed by the Dáil by Christmas. It has been passed by this House...
It was an honour to be invited back to my alma mater, Alexandra College and to be on such a fine panel of past pupils with Miriam O’Callaghan – RTE broadcaster; Niamh Briggs – Captain of the Irish female rugby team; Hon. Ms. Justice Isobel Kennedy. – High Court Judge; Moya Doherty – Entrepreneur and the producer and co-founder of Riverdance.
On Saturday I had the pleasure and honour of attending and being inivited to give speak at the unveiling of the Hall of Honour Memorial Stone. It was a momentous occasion and a very moving tribute to all the many men and one woman from the Trinity College community that died in the First World War.
Speech at Unveiling of Hall of Honour Memorial Stone - Trinity College Dublin, Saturday 26th September 2015
Distinguished Guests, Visitors, Friends and Colleagues,
It was great to meet Nikki Murphy and her fellow volunteer colleague in the Seanad last month. They are a part of a campaign working hard to establish an Educate Together school, in D6, Terenure. I wish them every success and fully support their call to offer more educational choices for parents and their children.