Fianna Fáil spokesman on small business and regulatory framework John McGuinness TD is calling on the Government to pass the Construction Contracts Bill 2010 immediately, to give statutory support to sub-contractors.
The bill has passed through the Dáil and Seanad but must now go to committee stage before it is signed into law. However, Deputy McGuinness says that as long as the bill isn’t enshrined into law the worse the situation will get for sub-contractors.
“This bill has been in the parliamentary process since 2010 and it is about time it was signed into law,” ha said. “The bill gives hope to the thousands of sub-contractors out there who have been left out of pocket by the collapse of the construction industry. Sub-contractors are often self-employed and have no social welfare to fall back on. This makes the case for this Bill to be written into law all the more powerful.”
The bill introduces a new regime to aid sub-contractors by introducing an interim payment and brings in new statutory rights for sub-contractors in the industry. It also sets up a new adjudication system to arbitrate on disputes in this area.