Thursday, 21 June 2012
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
I propose to take Questions Nos. 65 and 66 together.
The Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2011 was published on 22 December 2011. The Bill completed Second Stage in the Dáil on 19 January 2012 and Committee Stage on Tuesday last, June 19th. It is expected that the legislation will complete its passage through the Oireachtas before the Summer recess. When enacted, this Bill will implement the programme of reforms to the JLC/REA systems agreed by Government in July 2011. It will radically overhaul the system so as to make it fairer and more responsive to changing economic circumstances and labour market conditions. It will also reinstate a robust system of protection for workers in these sectors in the aftermath of the High Court ruling in the John Grace Fried Chicken case.