Written answers

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Industrial Relations

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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56. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will encourage a bank (details supplied) to engage with the trade union representing its workers regarding industrial relations matters which are ongoing at the bank. [26729/21]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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I recognise that this is a most challenging time for employees of KBC Bank. I encourage all sides to make every effort to reach a resolution by agreement and with the help of the industrial relations machinery of the State.

The WRC is available to any interested parties who may require it. As part of its functions, the WRC provides information relating to employment entitlements and obligations, equality and industrial relations matters by means of their telephone service. This service is manned by experienced Information Officers.

Any discussions entered into voluntarily by workers and employers with one of the State’s industrial relations bodies, the WRC or the Labour Court, are confidential to the parties and I, as Minister, have no role in, or knowledge of, these discussions.


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