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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​ Civil Engagement Group call for equality, transparency and sustainability in Budget 2018.

The Civil Engagement Group in the Seanad is calling on the Government to deliver equality, transparency and sustainable development in Budget 2018. The group have highlighted five principles which they say should underpin the budgetary decision-making. 

1. Budget 2018 must deliver joined-up thinking for sustainable development. 

2. Budget 2018 must prioritise investment in public services and social infrastructure 

3. Budget 2018 must address social, economic and gender inequality 

4. Budget 2018 must be clear and transparent around taxation 

5. Budget 2018 must meet international standards and commitments.