Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Bord na Móna
663. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the current situation whereby haulage for Bord na Móna has been outsourced; his views on the impact of this decision for current employees of the company; his plans to take action to secure the jobs with the company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34805/16]
Bord na Móna is a commercial State company operating under the Turf Development Acts 1946 to 1998 and industrial relation matters are the responsibility of the Board and management of the Company and not ones in which I, as Minister, have any role.
I am advised by Bord na Mona that the matter referred to has been passed to the Company’s internal dispute resolution mechanism, the Joint Industrial Relations Council (JIRC). This Council was established as part of the wider agreement between management and Unions that was reached in February 2016 under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission.