Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (206)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

209 Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if an independent inquiry or investigation will be carried out into the adherence by a company (details supplied) to the transfer of undertakings regulations 2003 and also to the award and operation of the contract; if the security of employment and 12 month wage freeze as agreed between the unions and the company will be extended to all employees of Bord Gáis Networks Services Works Contract; the reason different terms and conditions are being offered to those in different regions; the reason the deal negotiated for the Dublin based transferred employees is much better than that offered to those elsewhere; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35523/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

The award of the Networks Services and Works Contract to Balfour Beatty CLG is an operational matter for Bord Gáis Éireann (BGÉ) and consequently I have no statutory function in this matter.

BGÉ has advised that following the contract award, issues arising from the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations and the transfer of employees from one entity to another are a matter between Balfour Beatty CLG and the individual outgoing contractors.

I have requested BGÉ to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to this matter.