I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 and 79 together. The term "contract worker" may be interpreted as referring to a number of different categories of workers, some of whom are employees and some self-employed.
Contract workers who are employees, that is persons employed under a contract of service or apprenticeship, come within the scope of employment protection legislation and, in general, enjoy equivalent protection to other employees under such legislation. Persons who work under a contract for services are not employees and, consequently do not generally come within the scope of labour legislation which regulates employer-employee relationships. Such persons enjoy a significant degree of autonomy in deciding matters such as their particular hours of work and holiday breaks.
I should mention, however, that all workers, self-employed or otherwise, are fully protected in so far as occupational health and safety at the work site is concerned by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989, and its associated regulations.
In summary, therefore, contract workers who are employees come within the scope of employment protection legislation and I do not consider that the addition of a charter of rights is necessary.