NEARLY a third of Waterford’s workforce cannot afford to meet an unexpected expense, the country’s biggest trades union has claimed.
Siptu Waterford District Council Secretary, David Lane, was speaking after the union released new data showing the extent and impact of precarious work practices in the county.
They indicate that nearly one-in-three workers in Waterford, approximately 12,800 people, cannot afford to meet an unexpected expense. “Of these workers, 4,800 suffer multiple deprivation experiences,” he said.
The growth of such in-work poverty can be directly linked, in many cases, to the spread of precarious work practices
“The growth of such in-work poverty can be directly linked, in many cases, to the spread of precarious work practices. These include the use of rolling short term contracts, non-voluntary part-time employment, enforced self-employment and other employment relationships which result in workers being low paid and insecure concerning their finances.”
Siptu Deputy General Secretary, Ethel Buckley, said Siptu would campaign to tackle precarious work.
“This campaign will see Siptu Waterford District Council take a leading role alongside civic and community groups,” she said.