Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Questions (25)

Gerald Nash

Question:

25. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when the relevant Minister of State plans to formally sign the employment regulation order giving effect to recommendation made by the Security Industry, Joint Labour Committee; if he plans to delay the implementation of the order to 1 September 2021; the reason for any delay in its implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40060/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

I am statutorily required to give due consideration on whether it is appropriate to give effect to a recommendation from the Labour Court concerning a proposal for an Employment Regulation Order.

In considering whether it was appropriate to accept the Labour Court's recommendation, I wanted to ensure that workers and employers in the sector have adequate notice of the changes to the minimum rates of pay and other conditions. I was also mindful of the impact of Covid-19 public health restrictions in place and their impact on both businesses and workers in Ireland.

Accordingly, I indicated on 28 April that the ERO would take legal effect from 1 September 2021, with a second increase effective on 1 June 2022.

My Department was notified on 19 July of an ex parte injunction granted by the High Court against the implementation of the new Security ERO on September 1. The matter is currently receiving due attention.