Dáil debates

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation

 

12:40 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)

Medical scientists are an essential and crucial part of our health service. The Government appreciates the work they do in our laboratories and other facilities around the country. They may not be seen by patients very often but without them, there would be no patient care. It is essential that we support them in their work and recognise their role.

The issue raised by the Deputy is an industrial relations matter and there are mechanisms by which disputes such as this can be resolved. These include the Workplace Relations Commission, WRC, and the Labour Court, which are offices of my Department. Both the WRC and Labour Court would be ready to assist in finding a solution if the various partners want us to intervene.

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