Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Labour Employer Economic Forum

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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573. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of discussions at the Labour Employer Economic Forum regarding the national protocol on Covid-19 issues; and the number of meetings that have taken place for same. [5991/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The national “Return to Work Safely Protocol”, published on Saturday, 9 May 2020, was drafted in close consultation with the social partners including ICTU, Ibec, CIF and Chambers Ireland.

The Labour Employer Economic met several times in plenary and at official level, numerous bi-literal meetings  and engagements took place place during the development and sign off by all parties of the Protocol. 

A high-level consultative stakeholder forum, under the aegis of LEEF, has been established to oversee the implementation of the Protocol as the economy opens up, in line with the Government’s Roadmap.  The forum will include membership from the various bodies with responsibility for health and safety at work, and for public health more generally.

The Deputy should also be aware that regular contact between officials of my Department, the Department of Health, the Health and Safety Authority and the HSE continues at official level as businesses move to re-open and adapt to the provisions of the Protocol.

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