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Employment Rights

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna (202)

Johnny Mythen

Ceist:

202. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the rationale for deferring the implementation of pay increases contained in a new Employment Regulation Order for the Security Sector from 1 June until 1 September 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [58095/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Enterprise)

On 28 April 2021, I announced my intention to issue an Order to give effect to a statutory recommendation of the Labour Court concerning minimum rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions in the Security Sector. The Order was to apply from 1 September 2021. This was to ensure that workers and employers would have adequate notice of the changes owing to the Covid-19 public health restrictions that were in place and which had impacted on many businesses in Ireland.

An ex-parte application to initiate legal proceedings challenging the underlying legislation in the High Court was lodged in late July. As part of the proceedings, the High Court has placed a Stay on me, as Minister, which stops me from making the Order. Until such time as these legal proceedings have concluded it is not possible to indicate a timeframe for the increases to take effect.

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