Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (321)

Finian McGrath

Question:

321. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding wage cuts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21114/14]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

I understand that the issues in dispute have been referred to the Labour Court.

Ireland’s system of industrial relations is voluntary in nature and responsibility for the resolution of industrial relations issues lies ultimately with employers and workers and their respective representatives as appropriate.

As the Deputy is aware, the State provides industrial relations mechanisms to assist parties in their efforts to resolve any differences they may have. Experience constantly shows us that what often appears to be the most intractable of matters is capable of resolution where both sides engage constructively and in good faith in this voluntary process. The principle of good faith implies that both sides make every effort to reach an agreement and endeavour to resolve their differences.

In my view the experience and expertise of the Labour Court offers the best avenue for resolving such issues.

In this context, I would urge the parties to engage constructively in the process in an effort to resolve the issues that are in dispute.