Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (308)

Micheál Martin


308. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention or that of her officials has been drawn to the Workplace Relations Commission adjudication decision of 30 October 2019 (details supplied); if consideration has been given to same; if there are ramifications or links to the claim by community employment supervisors following the 2008 Labour Court recommendation on same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47862/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is an independent statutory office under the aegis of my Department. The WRC is mandated to secure compliance with Ireland’s employment, equality and industrial relations legislation. As part of its statutory functions, the WRC adjudicates on cases under employment rights, industrial relations and equal status legislation. If a party is dissatisfied with a decision of an adjudication officer of the WRC, then that decision may be appealed to either the Labour Court or the Circuit Court depending on the enactment.

The Labour Court hears appeals of adjudication officer’s decisions of the WRC in all disputes arising under industrial relations and employment rights enactments Such appeals must be notified to the Labour Court no later than 42 days from the date of the decision concerned.

Given the independent statutory nature of both the WRC and the Labour Court, I, as Minister, have no involvement when either body exercises its quasi- judicial functions and as such cannot comment on the individual cases referred to by the Deputy.