Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ceisteanna (295)

Micheál Martin


295. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has met the social partners since this round of talks has commenced on the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3971/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I met representatives of the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in December last regarding the commencement of discussions with public service management on a new agenda for reductions in the cost of delivering public services and substantial longer term productivity improvements and workplace reforms.

Furthermore, I attended a plenary meeting of the parties yesterday at which the Labour Relations Commission presented proposals after intensive discussions over the weekend. I understand that the proposals are being finalized by the parties and once that is concluded I will brief the House on them.

Outside of this current process, I also hold periodic meetings with trade union leaders and officials of my Department meet with stakeholders including representatives of public service trade unions on a regular basis.