Thursday, 13 May 2021

Questions (174)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

174. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he has engaged with representatives from an organisation (details supplied) regarding is dispute with the ESB; and if he will encourage all parties to engage in dialogue to resolve the situation. [25274/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

Ireland's system of Industrial Relations is based in voluntarism. While the right of workers to form associations and join a trade union is enshrined in Article 40 of the Irish Constitution, under Irish law there is no obligation on employers to recognise any union for the purposes of collective bargaining.

This dispute is essentially a matter for the company and its employees to resolve. I have no direct role in these matters.