Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
National Recovery Plan
Question 294: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation noting the commitments within chapter two of the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014, the reason he has waited until now to launch a review to eliminate anomalies within the framework registered employment agreements and employment regulation orders when concerns have been well flagged for more than two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45087/10]
Dara Calleary (Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Service Transformation and Labour Affairs, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Minister of State, Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Finance; Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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I have consistently held that we need to ensure that these wage fixing mechanisms work effectively and efficiently and that they do not have a negative impact on economic performance and employment levels. As the Deputy will also be aware, I have proposed to introduce an inability to pay mechanism for both Registered Employment Agreements and Employment Regulation Orders in the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2009.
The National Recovery Plan 2011 – 2014 sets out in detail the measures that will be taken to put our public finances in order and provides a blueprint for a return to sustainable growth in our economy. The Plan identifies the areas of economic activity which will provide growth and employment in the next phase of our economic development. It specifies the reforms the Government will implement to accelerate growth in those key sectors. It is within this context that the Government has decided that a formal review of our statutory wage setting mechanisms, Employment Regulations Orders and Registered Employment Agreements, should be undertaken within a short timeframe.