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Employment Rights

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna (202)

Johnny Mythen


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.