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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 16 September 2021

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Questions (140)

Louise O'Reilly


140. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he or the Minister of State in his Department have signed the employment regulation order for the security industry which provides for a pay increase for the sector from 1 September 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44242/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

On 28 April 2021, I announced my intention to issue an Order to give effect to a statutory recommendation of the Labour Court concerning minimum rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions in the Security Sector.

The Order was to apply from 1 September 2021.

An ex-parte application to initiate legal proceedings challenging the underlying legislation in the High Court was lodged in late July.

As part of the proceedings, the High Court has placed a Stay on me, which stops me from making the Order.

My officials are in the process of ongoing legal advice on the matter. 

A press release was issued by my Department on the 17th of August to ensure that employees and employers in the Security Sector are aware that, until such time that these legal issues have been resolved, the statutory minimum rates of pay and other terms and conditions in the sector will remain unchanged.