In November 2016, the Construction Industry Federation made an application to the Labour Court to review the pay, pension and sick pay entitlements of craftsmen, construction operatives and apprentices in the Construction Sector. The Labour Court conducted its Review, which included a public consultation and a hearing of interested parties, and submitted its recommendation to me on 13 July 2017.
Having examined the Labour Court Recommendation, and being satisfied that the Court complied with the provisions of the 2015 Act, I accepted the Labour Court recommendation. A draft Order to give effect in law to the recommendation was laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on 22 August 2017. The draft Order was considered by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation on 3 October 2017 and approved by both the Seanad and the Dáil on 10 and 17 October 2017 respectively. I signed the Order entitled Sectoral Order (Construction Sector) 2017 – S.I. 455 of 2017 - into law on the 19th October 2017 the terms of which came into effect on that date.