Written answers

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Workplace Relations Commission

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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182. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will consider making the recommendations of the Workplace Relations Commission binding in cases which it involves a body that is funded by the State and therefore, the taxpayer where such a body is found to have done wrong. [39052/22]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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Ireland’s system of industrial relations is essentially voluntary in nature. The role of the State has been to underpin a voluntarist system through the provision of a framework and institutions through which good industrial relations can prosper. This system has served us well over the decades.

Adjudications carried out in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) under the industrial relations acts, are not about rectifying a legal wrong. The aim of an IR recommendations is to assist parties in maintaining industrial harmony. Accordingly, they cannot be legally binding.

Comments

Mary O Dea
Posted on 21 Jul 2022 8:28 am (Report this comment)

Very Glib answer again from this minister. What is the point of the WRC under the auspices of dept enterprise trade and employment so or of anyone going to the W.R.C , if it’s not going to right a wrong, a huge waste of time , money expended, waste of taxpayers money, waste of the wrc workers time. They must be frustrated when they adjudicate and then their decision is blocked and ignored for years. Pointless so. But great excuse not to abide by rulings which will cost money, eg enhanced redundancy payments for C.E. Supervisors, CE supervisors claim for pension etc etc . An organisation not allowed to dispense Justice. Justice denied.

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