7. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress on his discussions with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in relation to the implementation of Labour Court recommendation, LRC 19293, concerning the rights of community employment scheme supervisors in view of commitments made by his predecessor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47265/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Just before the Halloween recess there was an all-party gathering on a Topical Issue concerning the issue I am raising in relation to community employment scheme supervisors. That was held in advance of what was a planned meeting of the forum that was established in the Department to address the pension issue. That meeting was postponed and I gather it will now happen later in November. I want to understand the reasons for the postponement and I would like to tease out w...

17. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress on his Department’s discussion with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in relation to the implementation of Labour Court recommendation, LRC 19293, regarding the rights of community employment scheme supervisors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47334/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Just before the Halloween recess there was an all-party gathering on a Topical Issue concerning the issue I am raising in relation to community employment scheme supervisors. That was held in advance of what was a planned meeting of the forum that was established in the Department to address the pension issue. That meeting was postponed and I gather it will now happen later in November. I want to understand the reasons for the postponement and I would like to tease out w...

112. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress on his Department’s discussions with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection regarding the implementation of Labour Court recommendation, LRC 19293, regarding the rights of community employment scheme supervisors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47244/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In considering the particular matter referred to, regard must be had to the costs and precedent of such an arrangement were one to be created. A scoping exercise is currently being progressed by officials in this Department and should be completed later this year. A meeting of the Forum has been arranged to discuss the scoping exercise in the coming weeks.
It continues to be the position that state organisations are not the e...

160. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the Labour Court recommendation that a company (details supplied) pay enhanced redundancy to seven Dublin-based workers; if her attention has been further drawn to the fact that the company has refused to implement the Labour Court recommendation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46382/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): Ireland’s system of industrial relations is essentially voluntary in nature and responsibility for the resolution of industrial disputes between employers and workers, rests primarily with the employer, the workers and their representatives.  As Minister, I encourage full participation by all parties involved in an industrial dispute to come to the best possible accommodation and to seek a resolution o...

98. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when an order to effect the terms of the Labour Court recommendation on construction workers’ pay, as provided for in the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015, is expected to be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41783/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): In November 2016, the Construction Industry Federation made an application to the Labour Court to review the pay, pension and sick pay entitlements of craftsmen, construction operatives and apprentices in the Construction Sector. The Labour Court conducted its Review, which included a public consultation and a hearing of  interested parties, and submitted its recommendation on July 13th.
Having examin...

1889. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on whether Labour Court recommendations should be adhered to; and the circumstances in which in her view it is appropriate that they be ignored. (Question 38343/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Labour Court is an independent workplace dispute resolution body providing a comprehensive service for the resolution of disputes concerning industrial relations and employment rights. The Labour Court is not a court of law. The operation of the Court and its business is a matter for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
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464. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the expected timeframe for approval of University College Cork’s request of 4 April 2017 for sanctioning in respect of the binding Labour Court Recommendation LCR21419; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26923/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that on 30 May my Department, with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, conveyed sanction to University College Cork to implement the Labour Court recommendation with effect from the 12 September 2016.
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179. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 183 of 5 April 2017, if a binding Labour Court decision recommending that the outcome of the job evaluation exercise will be implemented in full with effect from 12 September 2016 and will be given full effect without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21413/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, on the 27th March 2017 the Labour Court issued its recommendation regarding the effective date for the implementation of the Job Evaluation Exercise carried out in the Tyndall National Institute. The Court recommended that the effective date for the re-grading of staff in accordance with the job evaluation exercise be the 12th September 2016 and my officials are currently working with officials in University Coll...

183. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that a Labour Court recommendation (details supplied) hearing on 29 May 2013 relating to the pay of four workers is fully implemented; if he will provide an update on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17055/17 asked on 05 Apr 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware, in the context of measures necessary to restore order to the public finances, Government pay policy has been consistent in its approach to the processing of cost-increasing pay claims. Accordingly, non-binding Labour Court recommendations which will result in a pay increase, such as those referred to by the Deputy, are precluded from implementation. This was provided for in the Haddington Road Agreement and c...

345. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department or the Workplace Relations Commission have conducted an analysis on the reason the Labour Court have overturned or varied 53% of adjudication officer decisions in 2016 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16934/17 asked on 05 Apr 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): Critically, in 90 per cent of cases, the decision of the Adjudication Officer was accepted by the parties and was not appealed. 
With regard to the statistics on appeals published in the WRC’s 2016 Annual Report, and given the time period involved following the establishment of the WRC, the overall numbers of appeals to the Court are low. 
As outlined in the WRC Annual Report, the position is that in relation to the de...

204. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the steps the HSE has taken to implement a recommendation of the Labour Court from 2011 (details supplied) in respect of a specific issue; the current position on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2133/17 asked on 18 Jan 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris)Deputy Simon Harris: I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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126. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the cost in a full year of implementing all the recommendations of the Labour Court dated 3 November 2016 in respect of Garda pay and allowances (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34798/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, following intensive negotiations between the Government, the Garda Representative Association (GRA) and Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court issued a recommendation on 3 November last in relation to the dispute. In the case of individual members, the recommendation for the GRA and AGSI would provide extra re...

299. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress to date on the implementation of LCR 19293 regarding pension claims for community employment supervisors; the number of times the forum has met since it was set up in September 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29231/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue of pension entitlements for Community Employment Scheme Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors was the subject of a Labour Court recommendation in 2008. The position is that although the employing bodies concerned are mainly funded by public expenditure programmes, the State does not have any role as an employer in this sector and the employees of such bodies are not public servants.
This matter together with other re...

306. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will recognise and implement the community supervisors-assistants pension claim, LCR 19293, in view of the fact this is now ongoing for the past 14 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29311/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue of pension entitlements for Community Employment Scheme Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors was the subject of a Labour Court recommendation in 2008. The position is that although the employing bodies concerned are mainly funded by public expenditure programmes, the State does not have any role as an employer in this sector and the employees of such bodies are not public servants.
This matter together with other re...

214. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if his Department intervened in the ongoing refusal of a State-supported company (details supplied) to honour a Labour Court finding in relation to workers made redundant; if his Department has instructed this company not to use State funds to honour the findings of another State agency; and if he will intervene in this matter to ensure the workers involved receive their just payments. (Question 28059/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 214 and 215 together. 
I am aware of the Labour Court recommendation in the case in Question.  The position is that neither my Department, nor the former Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, was the employer referred to in the Labour Court recommendation. My understanding is that the individuals were employed by an independent company, limited by guarantee...

215. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the reason funding is made available to a private company (details supplied) by his Department while this company is refusing to obey the judgment of a State-appointed body in regard to its workforce. (Question 28060/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 214 and 215 together. 
I am aware of the Labour Court recommendation in the case in Question.  The position is that neither my Department, nor the former Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, was the employer referred to in the Labour Court recommendation. My understanding is that the individuals were employed by an independent company, limited by guarantee...

344. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will investigate his Department’s failure to intervene in relation to the fact that the Wexford Local Development Company refused to honour Labour Court Recommendation LCR 19755 26/3/2010 on the grounds that it was a private matter between the company and its employees, when it later emerged that the company, which has consistently been funded by his Department, stated that it was a former Minister (details supplied) who advised it not to do so. (Question 27039/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am aware of the Labour Court recommendation in the case in Question. The position is that neither my Department, nor the former Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, was the employer referred to in the Labour Court recommendation. My understanding is that the individuals were employed by an independent company, limited by guarantee, and had employment contracts with that company. Theref...

485. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide a list of all meetings to date and remaining meetings planed in 2016 of the high level informal forum to deal with the Labour Court recommendation on the issue of pension provision for community employment supervisors-assistants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26441/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Following a meeting between my predecessor and union interests on 30th September 2015, the Community Sector High Level Forum (or Working Group) (previously the Informal Forum) was convened to examine the matter of the Labour Court Recommendation on the Community Employment sector as well as the issue of pensions and terms and conditions of employment for those working in the Community and Voluntary Sector. The forum met on 27 ...

506. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason it is taking so long to implement a Labour Court ruling dating back to 2008 relating to an issue (details supplied); if the Government has learned anything in relation to this over the past eight years; the way this has been progressed to date; if there is a specific deadline for the introduction of this measure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26958/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The question is in relation to the issue of pension entitlements for Community Employment Supervisors which was the subject of a Labour Court recommendation in 2008. The position in this regard is that although the employing bodies concerned are mainly funded by public expenditure programmes, the State does not have any role as an employer in this sector and the employees of such bodies are not public servants. 
This matter to...

217. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a Labour Court recommendation (details supplied) including the steps he is taking to ensure it is fully implemented. (Question 15998/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Issues relating to pay in the Institute were subject to an internal job evaluation exercise which was carried out by Price Waterhouse Coopers and which was intended to establish the correct rate of pay for grades in the Tyndall National Institute. At the outset the parties agreed that the conclusions of the job evaluation exercise could be appealed on an individual basis to an independent Appeals Officer and these appeals are currently ...

204. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason a Labour Court recommendation of 22 July 2008 (details supplied), which stated that an agreed pension scheme should be introduced for community employment scheme supervisors and assistant supervisors, has not been acted upon; his views that while Foras Áiseanna Saothair, the Irish National Training and Employment Authority, was the recognised funding agency at the time, he now fulfils this role; if it is acceptable that almost seven years have passed since the Labour Court recommendation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5747/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 205 together.
As the Deputy will be aware unions representing CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors have sought the provision of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme dating back to 2008. However the position has remained that it is not possible for the State to provide funding for such a scheme to employees of priva...

205. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will put a pension scheme in place for community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors, as per the Labour Court recommendation of July 2008 (details supplied); if he will make the scheme retroactive to 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5748/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 205 together.
As the Deputy will be aware unions representing CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors have sought the provision of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme dating back to 2008. However the position has remained that it is not possible for the State to provide funding for such a scheme to employees of priva...

325. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the steps she is taking to ensure that the Labour Court Recommendation LCR20577 in respect of a Labour Court hearing on 29 May 2013, relating to the pay of four workers at University College Cork Tyndall Institute, is fully implemented; if she will provide an update on the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3727/16 asked on 28 Jan 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): As the Deputy will be aware, in the context of measures necessary to restore order to the public finances, Government pay policy has been consistent in its approach to the processing of cost-increasing pay claims. Accordingly, non-binding Labour Court Recommendations which will result in a pay increase, such as those referred to by the Deputy, are precluded from implementation. This was provided for in the Haddington Road Agreement and ...

404. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills when she will implement a judgment of the Labour Court which was delivered in February 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2283/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): My Department gives support and funding to a number of Education and Training Boards to operate Outdoor Education Centres. There are 12 centres in all. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) lodged a claim with my Department for a substantial pay increase on behalf of the Directors of each of these Centres. Following protracted negotiations, my Department consented to an ad-hoc referral of the claim to the Labour Court. The Labour Cou...

187. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will implement the Labour Court recommendation (details supplied) to introduce a pension scheme for community employment scheme supervisors and assistant supervisors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45263/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): As the Deputy will be aware unions representing CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors have sought the provision of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme dating back to 2008. However the position has remained that it is not possible for the State to provide funding for such a scheme to employees of private companies even if those companies are or were relian...