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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Eligibility for Unemployment Benefit.

Wednesday, 29 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 No. 10

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Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy Zoom on Robert Molloy asked the Minister for Social Welfare whether he has yet received the recommendations of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on the question of people, who are disemployed because of strike action taken by other people, not being eligible for unemployment benefit; and whether it is a fact that his Department have been awaiting the views of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on this matter since June, 1964.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland For many years efforts have been made by my Department in correspondence and discussions with the trade union movement to devise an acceptable form of amendment to the existing trade dispute disqualification for employment benefit. My Department's aim in these approaches has been to seek out a formula consistent with the neutrality of the social insurance fund and at the same time likely to better the position of workpeople who have no part in a trade dispute at their place of employment. The most recent conference on this matter was held on 18th June, 1964, when the Standing Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and officials of my Department had an exchange of views. It was then agreed that the trade union side should make a written submission in support of the modification of the law which they proposed. Since that date nothing further has been heard from the Congress.

Mr. O'Leary: Is it not a fact that the burden of the representations of the Trade Union Congress have for years been to the effect that where workers are laid off in a particular dispute in which they are not themselves [1507] involved, they should, in fact, get unemployment benefit?

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland The fact is that I am awaiting submissions from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and I cannot get them.

Mr. Mullen: Information on Michael Mullen Zoom on Michael Mullen Bearing in mind the Minister's apparent desire to do something about this matter and the fact that he is waiting to hear from the Congress, would he not take the initiative and invite the Congress of Irish Trade Unions to consultation with him?

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland Consultations have taken place and it was agreed that the Congress would submit a written memorandum on their proposals and this they have not done.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully That is not correct.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland I am awaiting that.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully That is not correct. That was denied in this House before.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland It was not denied; it was never denied.

Mr. O'Leary: Is the Minister blaming the Trade Union Congress for the present situation?

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy Zoom on Robert Molloy I should like to ask the Minister——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan I cannot allow questions to go on all day.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy Zoom on Robert Molloy This happens to be my question.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish A planted one.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy Zoom on Robert Molloy When I raised this matter on a Supplementary Estimate for the Minister's Department in February last, Deputy Tully was present and showed amazement when he discovered that the Minister had been waiting since June, 1964, for this recommendation from the Congress.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan That is not a question; that is a statement.

[1508]Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy Zoom on Robert Molloy This matter affects four men in my constituency who were deprived of unemployment benefit because of this anomaly.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange The Minister is responsible.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy Zoom on Robert Molloy Now that it has been brought out in the open, I would ask the Minister to request Congress——

Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan To wake up.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy Zoom on Robert Molloy ——to meet him on the matter.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Will the Government wake up?

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland Deputy Norton considered that this was a better provision than that in the British Act.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully Attack somebody who is here if you want but leave the late Deputy Norton out.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland It comes to be in the legislation because Deputy Norton decided in favour of this provision.

Mr. Mullen: Information on Michael Mullen Zoom on Michael Mullen You are the Minister.

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland Zoom on Kevin Boland I want to do something about it with the Congress and the Congress have not co-operated.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully It is a standing regulation.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan Question No. 33.


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