andMr. McQuillan asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether he accepts that in accordance with the Rome Treaty in the first four years of membership of the Common Market the application of the principle of equal remuneration for equal work as between men and women workers will obtain in this country.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rome Treaty: Principle of Equal Remuneration for Equal Work.
It is appreciated that the Treaty of Rome provides that the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women shall be applied by the end of the first stage of the transitional period. It appears, however, that some difficulties have arisen in regard to the implementation of the provision by the existing members of the EEC and a special group was set up to study ways to bring about the application of the provision. Until the position has been clarified and in advance of our negotiations for membership it is not possible to be precise about the obligations we may have to assume in the matter.