Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (77)

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

147 Mr. Stagg asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when she intends to bring forward the promised amendments to legislation to provide for increased penalties for breaches of industrial relations law, and especially for breaching the terms of registered building agreements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3805/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Enterprise)

During Committee Stage of the Industrial Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2003, I informed the Select Committee on Enterprise and Small Business that I was considering the introduction of an amendment to section 32(4) of the Industrial Relations Act 1946 on Report Stage. Section 32(4) specifies the maximum fines that can be imposed by the courts upon summary conviction for breaches of registered employment agreements.

I am actively considering the issue of amending the level of fines under this section and I intend to bring an amendment before the House on Report Stage.