Written Answers. - Agricultural Workers.

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asked the Minister for Labour the titles of Statutory Orders and Statutory Instruments, including the titles of repealed Orders and Instruments, affecting pay, holidays and conditions of employment of agricultural workers since the passing of the Industrial Relations Act, 1977.

The Industrial Relations Act, 1976, was passed on 18th May, 1976. The Employment Regulation Order (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee), 1977 (S.I. No. 61 of 1977) and the Employment Regulation Order No. 2 (Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee), 1977 (S.I. No. 302 of 1977).

In addition to the foregoing two Employment Regulation Orders there were: the Agricultural Wages (Minimum Rates) (No. 2) Order, 1975 (Revocation) Order, 1976 (S.I. No. 242 of 1976); the Agricultural Wages (Minimum Rates) Order, 1976 (S.I. No. 243 of 1976); the Holidays (Agricultural Workers) Regulations, 1977 (S.I. No. 64 of 1977); the Protection of Young Persons (Employment) (Agricultural Workers) Regulations, 1977 (S.I. No. 220 of 1977).

In addition to those statutory instruments which relate specifically to pay, holidays and conditions of employment of agricultural workers there are a number of other statutory instruments which, relating to workers generally, are applicable, as appropriate, to agricultural workers. These would include regulations made under the Employment Equality Act, 1977, the Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977, the Protection of Employment Act, 1977, the Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1977 and the Holidays (Employees) Act, 1973. If the Deputy wishes to obtain a list of these instruments I will arrange to have them supplied.