During Question Time in the Assembly today, Green Party MLA Rachel Woods challenged the Economy Minister to deliver on the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) commitments relating to employment rights.
The North Down MLA said: “The NDNA agreement stated that the Executive should commit to becoming a Living Wage employer, ban zero hours contracts, and introduce an Age, Goods and Facilities and Services Bill to ensure that no worker is discriminated against because of their age. But nearly two years on, the Executive has thus far failed to deliver on these promises.
“At the moment, a 17-year-old only has to be paid £4.62 an hour by their employer, whilst a 24-year-old doing the same job has to be paid at least £8.91 an hour. This is unjust, and the promised pay equality legislation is long overdue. I call upon the Economy Minister and the Executive parties to keep to their word, and introduce the employment rights legislation which they have committed to.”
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