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Work & Welfare Meeting

The Assembly met online on 14 November. This meeting will focus on the following topic from the Oireachtas resolution:‘To identify and dismantle economic and salary norms that result in gender inequalities, and reassess the economic value placed on work traditionally held by women and 'To scrutinise the structural pay inequalities that result in women being disproportionately represented in low pay sectors’ 

This topic will be covered over 2 meetings with the second meeting on this topic taking place on 5 December.

The Agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

Saturday's Proceedings

Please note that the information in the presentations and papers and its interpretation is based on the specialist expertise of the speakers who are independent of the Assembly and its Chair and Secretariat. 

Morning Session

Dr Catherine Day opened the morning session and members viewed a short video about low paid workers

Her remarks and that video can be watched here.

Professor Helen Russell, ESRI 

Professor Helen Russell presented to the Assembly in two parts.

Professor Helen Russell delivers her Presentation on Gender and Paid Work, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Professor Helen Russell followed up on her introductory presentation with a presentation on the Gender Pay Gap: Causes and Solutions. Her video presentation was accompanied by a more detailed slideshow presentation.

After Citizens watched Professor Helen Russell’s presentation there was a Q & A with Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity and Karina Doorly of the ESRI, A video can be watched here. 

Dr. Pauline Cullen – Work – Citizens’ Assembly

Dr. Pauline Cullen presented on the Work Submissions received by the Citizens' Assembly.  Her video presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. To download the contents of the summary table on Work, click here. 

Advocacy panel: Work & Pay 

A video of this discussion can be viewed here.

A paper has been submitted by each speaker and can be accessed by clicking on their name. 

Advocacy: Small Firms Association

Elizabeth Bowen delivers a perspective from the Small Firms Association, which was accompanied by a paper.

 Personal Stories 

A video of this discussion can be viewed here.

A paper has been submitted by each speaker and can be accessed by clicking on their name. 

  • Avril Hannifin - An Cosán
  • Suzy Byrne - National Advocacy service for people with disabilities
  • Mariaam Bhatti - Campaigner, community worker & social policy practitioner
  • Moderated by Tom Arnold - Chairperson of the Irish Constitutional Convention.

Afternoon Session

Dr Catherine Day introduced the afternoon session

Her remarks can be viewed here. 

Her introduction to the afternoon breakout sessions can be viewed here. 

Professor Damian Grimshaw of Kings College, London

The Citizens watched a video presentation from Professor Damian Grimshaw on Country measures to reduce the Gender Pay Gap, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. 

The citizens then moved into their breakout groups

Dr Alicja Bobek, Trinity College

Citizens took a break from their discussions to watch Dr Alicja Bobek present on her research on  experiences of working in low pay sectors,which was accompanied by a more detailed slideshow presentation

As well as the previous videos citizens had also watched the following videos to prepare for their discussion

Economic benefits of gender equality: Labour market activity and equal pay - European Institute for Gender Equality

Perspectives of Health Care Assistants - SIPTU

 Gender equality women and men with equal opportunities to work and develop - Business Europe

Politicians supporting WorkEqual 2020 - Work Equal 

Citizens also received a summary paper prepared by the Secretariat.

After their discussions members returned for a plenary session where, Dr Catherine Day concluded the first Work meeting

The Chair’s closing remarks can be viewed here. 

Members give feedback from breakout rooms

Each breakout group nominated a member to give feedback from their discussion.

A video of this feedback is available here.