In the past number of years, the conditions for part-time workers have gotten increasingly difficult.
Zero hour contracts are one of the biggest bones of contention, with employees left with no security and struggling to meet their financial obligations.
However, it was announced today that new measures could be put in place to ban these arrangements and protect the rights of workers.
According to RTÉ News, draft proposals have been agreed which will also see staff who are called into work and then sent home entitled to three hours' pay at three times the national minimum wage.
Under the measures, employers would be guilty of a criminal offence if they do not abide by the guidelines.
The plans have been met with resistance by some employers, who have claimed that they will increase costs and administration for businesses.