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Workers

EU membership ensures workers' rights are protected and  provides investment to improve job opportunities.
 

Because Ireland is a member of the EU, your entitlements and benefits as a worker, whether you are currently in a job or looking for work, have improved greatly.

Under EU equality laws, men and women must be paid the same for the same work and be treated the same when it comes to working conditions, training and promotion. If you’re a parent, both mums and dads are able to take (unpaid) parental leave to help look after the new arrival.

And thanks to agreements reached with our EU partners EU law also makes sure that part-time workers have the same allowances as full-time workers when it comes to public holidays and sick leave. It also means that if you work full-time you have to get a minimum of 20 days of annual leave a year.