Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
66. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the impact the recent breakdown in negotiations between the An Post management and the group of unions will have on his Department’s efforts to progress the new national lottery licence recently awarded to Premier Lotteries Ireland. [47230/13]
67. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the failure of the recently concluded Labour Relations Commission negotiations between An Post, the An Post Group of Unions and his Department to gain acceptance by workers will impact negatively on the current negotiations with Premier Lotteries Ireland regarding the new national lottery licence. [47231/13]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 67 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the issue regarding the staff of An Post National Lottery Company was referred to the Labour Relations Commission (LRC). The LRC has prepared a proposal regarding the issue and these proposals have been put forward to An Post management, the An Post Group of Unions and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the basis that the relevant parties agree to recommend them for acceptance. Deliberations are still in progress and have yet to be formally concluded between the parties concerned.