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Statement Brendan Ryan TD

29 November 2018

“Labour Bill ON GENDER PAY GAP should be adopted by the Government”

Brendan Ryan, Labour TD for Dublin Fingal. has welcomed the cross-party support received for the Labour Party's Bill designed to close the gender pay gap and slammed Fine Gael for blocking yet another progressive Bill.

"I was delighted to see such broad political support for the Labour Party's Gender Pay Gap Bill which was before the Dail last night. Whilst the government has not blocked the legislation so far in its passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas, it appears that they do not want to adopt this legislation, and that instead they are willing to incur delays in the implementation of the important principles on gender pay gap reporting, by insisting on introducing their own legislation. This is symptomatic of how this Government appear supporting of opposition legislation by agreeing to it’s early stages before placing the passage of such legislation in interminable limbo, never to be passed at final stages. It is essentially a confidence trick played week in, and week out by this Government to fool people into believing New Politics is working. It is not”.

"We need to take action on the Gender Pay Gap now; the government has promised to introduce their own legislation to tackle the gender pay gap, but this promised bill has not yet been published and would, in any case, be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny prior to being introduced in the Oireachtas. By contrast, our Bill has already progressed through the Seanad and has now started its passage through the Dáil. We would see a far speedier introduction of pay transparency legislation if the government simply adopted and amended our Labour Bill, and I call on the Minister to take that approach.”

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