Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (295)

Micheál Martin

Question:

295. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has met the social partners since this round of talks has commenced on the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3971/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I met representatives of the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in December last regarding the commencement of discussions with public service management on a new agenda for reductions in the cost of delivering public services and substantial longer term productivity improvements and workplace reforms.

Furthermore, I attended a plenary meeting of the parties yesterday at which the Labour Relations Commission presented proposals after intensive discussions over the weekend. I understand that the proposals are being finalized by the parties and once that is concluded I will brief the House on them.

Outside of this current process, I also hold periodic meetings with trade union leaders and officials of my Department meet with stakeholders including representatives of public service trade unions on a regular basis.