A new telephone service launched on International Women's Day provides information for women in the workplace.

Workline is open from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm operating out of nine centres around the country.

According to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), the service has been received with a fantastic response and highlights the need for information on workers' rights.  Callers have been requesting information on low pay, part-time working, social welfare entitlements, sexual harassment, and the right to a payslip.

Margaret Nolan, Equality Officer at the ICTU, says that most calls received today have related to pay slips with many women not knowing what deductions have been made to their salaries. Despite the fact that all workers are entitled to a payslip, this seems to be quite a widespread problem, especially in part-time or temporary work.

They do not know what deductions are being made or what entitlements they have.

Queries around sexual harassment in the workplace are also common. Margaret Nolan sets out the procedure for dealing with harassment under the Employment Equality Act of 1977.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 March 1991. The reporter is Una O’Hagan.