Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment
I understand that the Labour Court on 14 October 2020 received proposals from the Security Industry Joint Labour Committee (JLC) for the adoption of proposals to amend S.I. 231 of 2017 Employment Regulation Order (Security Industry Joint Labour Committee) 2017.
Having examined the proposals and the report of the Chairman of the JLC submitted in accordance with the terms of the statute, the Court, in accordance with the Industrial Relations Act, 1946 at Section 42B(12)(d) declined to adopt the proposals of the JLC. The Court has informed the Chairman of the JLC accordingly.
In those circumstances, the Court currently has no proposals before it from the JLC and consequently will not be forwarding proposals to the Minister at this time. Any further submission of proposals by the JLC will require the Court to consider the adoption of such proposals in accordance with Section 42B of the Industrial Relations Act, 1946 Act.
The Chairman of the Labour Court wrote to me on the 4 November 2020 confirming that the Court has adopted proposals for an employment regulation order ('ERO') in the contract cleaning sector. Accordingly, I have received draft recommendations and a statutory report supporting the legal basis for the ERO. I am giving the matter due consideration.
I understand that a draft ERO concerning proposals for the security sector has been returned by the Labour Court to the Joint Labour Committee ('JLC') on the grounds that it could not ascertain whether the statutory requirements for it to adopt the proposals had been met.