TIme to move to "quality" of employment rather than "level" of employment - Senator Higgins

Speaking as part of the European parliamentary week, Senator Higgins spoke of the need to focus on measuring quality employment rather than level of employment. She included issues of precarious work and the lack of collective bargaining as concerns.

She celebrated recent important progress on banded hours in Ireland, with the outlawing of zero-hours contracts. She spoke of her concern that poor social protection mechanisms could be pushing people into precarious work or in-work poverty. Providing the option for "training first" supports is one means of doing this. 

She also stressed the importance of quality in the field of carework and within public services and public procurement.

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