Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Proposed Legislation

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Independent)
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117. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the timetable for implementing the programme for Government commitment to reform the current law on employees' right to engage in collective bargaining under the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2001; if the legislation will ensure compliance by the State with recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47558/13]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Minister, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Dublin North Central, Fine Gael)
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The Programme for Government contains a commitment to reform the current law on employees' right to engage in collective bargaining (the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2001), so as to ensure compliance by the State with recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. With this in mind, in late 2012 I wrote to relevant stakeholders inviting their observations on the matter. Submissions were subsequently received and a series of initial first step meetings took place between Departmental officials and stakeholders around mid-2013. Discussions with stakeholders are ongoing.

I hope to be in a position to put proposals to Cabinet soon. In this context, I am certain that satisfactory arrangements can be put in place that will reconcile Ireland's constitutional, social and economic traditions, and international obligations, whilst at the same time ensuring continued success in building Ireland's domestic jobs-base and in attracting overseas investment into the economy.

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