ICTU says precarious work is pervasive in Ireland

Precarious work is now pervasive in Ireland, with secure and regular employment increasingly being replaced by insecure, uncertain and unpredictable work, according to areport commissioned by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

The report - 'Insecure and Uncertain: Precarious Work in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland' - assessed the rise of precarious employment across the island of Ireland, and calls forlegislationto tackle insecurity and bogus self-employment - writes rte.ie.

Last year, 8% of the workforce in the Republic - almost 160,000 workers - experiencedsignificant variations in their hours of work from week to week.

7% were in temporary employment but over 70,000 said that is because they cannotfind permanent work.

Around one tenth were self-employed without employees, while part-time self-employed workers without employees soared by 34% between 2008 and 2016.

In Northern Ireland, 6% of the workforce is now in non-permanent employment, which is up a quarter in eightyears.

The authors say thisprobably reflects a long-term spread of precarious employment rather than a surge of entrepreneurial spirit.

The report blames globalisation, technology, changes in labour law and distorted incentives that encourage employers to hire part-time workers,resulting in reduced tax and social insurance revenue.

ICTU General SecretaryPatricia King hasurged the Government to legislate immediately to give workers security, and eliminate bogus self-employment.

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