Fianna Fáil Jobs & Enterprise Spokesperson Dara Calleary says that the latest report from Nevin Economic Research Institute paints an alarming picture of the large number of women in low pay jobs.

The think-tank research reveals that 60% of all workers in low pay categories are women – that’s 207,000 female employees in absolute terms.   It also found that nearly three in every ten female employees are low paid, compared to two in every ten male workers.

Deputy Calleary commented, “One of the main problems with low pay and the current casual arrangements that have been advocated by Fine Gael and Labour, is the fact that it prevents people from getting mortgages, entering rental agreements and being able to make financial commitments.

“Tackling this is an essential part of Fianna Fáil’s commitment to creating decent jobs as part of our vision for “An Ireland for all”.

“We support banning zero hour contracts.  This goal was recently achieved in New Zealand and we have proposed changing the remit of the Low Pay Commission to put forward legislation on banded-hour contracts for people on low pay. This will set a minimum hours requirement for employers, while allowing employees the right to request additional hours.

“The two-tier recovery is continuing unabated with NERI confirming that “differences persist in the pace of recovery across the country”. In 2015, Dublin accounted for over 50% of total national employment increases, with four of eight regions seeing labour force reductions and 5 regions seeing a decline in their labour force participation rates.

“Fianna Fáil believes in a country where decent hard working people can thrive, not just survive. Our vision centres on building an Ireland that will benefit people in every community not just the select few”.