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Cannon, Ciarán

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 Nbr. 2


Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed)

Most of the contributions to the debate on both sides of the House have welcomed the publication of this Bill. It would be helpful if there were Members from the Opposition side of the House prese...More Button

Members have acknowledged the progress made in framing the proposals to strengthen the legal framework for EROs and REAs, originally established in the Industrial Relations Act 1946. Deputies have...More Button

Deputies Browne and McConalogue have, however, criticised the Bill for failing to accept many of the recommendations of the Duffy Walsh report. This is patently not the case. Let me be clear. Th...More Button

Some Deputies have, however, taken a negative stance on the proposals in the Bill. They disregard the fact that it is a necessary step to restore the JLC system and to place the mechanisms for set...More Button

Some Deputies considered the new criteria to be observed in the making of EROs to be too restrictive or to fail to achieve sufficient balance between the interests of employers and employees. Some...More Button

The new criteria to be observed in the making of EROs take the form of principles and policies that have been prepared in the light of the High Court judgment in the John Grace Fried Chicken case. ...More Button

The Bill provides that JLCs will be permitted to set a basic adult rate and two supplementary minimum rates. Deputies welcomed the way in which this reform would substantially reduce the number of...More Button

Deputy Daly was concerned about the issue of skills. She queried how the sub-minimum rates would be applied to employees undergoing training. I can assure the Deputy that a course of training or ...More Button

A number of Deputies have spoken against the proposal to exclude the fixing of Sunday premiums from the scope of EROs made by JLCs. Deputy Boyd Barrett is mistaken in claiming that overtime rates ...More Button

Deputy Dara Calleary made a very thoughtful intervention on the issue of working time options and payment for rest-days. His contribution reflected his past experience of seeking to legislate in t...More Button

Some Deputies took issue with the proposal in the Bill that will enable companies to derogate from the terms of EROs and REAs in cases of financial difficulty. Most Deputies welcomed the safeguard...More Button

On clarifying the meaning of “substantially representative parties”, Deputies Tóibín and Daly appear confused about the requirement that parties to an REA be substantially representat...More Button

Deputies O’Dea and Browne voiced concern about the discretion the Minister can exercise about whether to make EROs and-or to confirm REAs following their adoption by the Labour Court. Let me...More Button

A number of Deputies have made the point that NERA’s statutory role in the enforcement of EROs has been removed by this Bill. This is not the case. The Duffy Walsh report recommended in fav...More Button

Section 52 of the Industrial Relations Act 1946 and section 49 of the Industrial Relations Act 1990 already provide for the enforcement of EROs by NERA. Under these provisions, an inspector can in...More Button

I agree with Deputy Calleary about the need for timely adjudication and the need to avoid delays in processing complaints. He welcomed the timebound process by which REA terms may be varied in fut...More Button

The Minister has confirmed that it is his intention on Committee Stage, and following further more detailed consultation with the social partners and other interests affected, to bring before the H...More Button

This Bill will make the long-established minimum wage setting mechanisms fairer and more responsive to changing economic circumstances and will eliminate rigidities that are considered to have had ...More Button

I thank the Deputies for their contributions and assure them that the points they have raised will be given further consideration in the practical work ahead on Committee Stage.More Button

Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2011: Referral to Select Committee

I move:More Button

Sitting suspended at 1.30 p.m. and resumed at 3.40 p.m.More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

FÁS contracts with Specialist Training Providers such as the National Learning Network to deliver training programmes to people with disabilities. Training allowances set by FÁS are ...More Button

As part of Budget 2012, it was decided to reduce training allowances in respect of 16 and 17 year old on FÁS courses from €76.65 and €95.75 respectively to €40 per week. This...More Button

I have been informed by FÁS that the change to the rate of training allowances paid to new participants under 18 years of age is the only rate change implemented by FÁS in 2012.More Button

This reduction does not apply to persons under 18 years old receiving Disability Allowance.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

SOLAS will have strategic responsibility for further education currently delivered by Vocational Education Committees (VECs) and training currently delivered by FÁS. FÁS will be disb...More Button

I chair the SOLAS Implementation Group, established by the Government, charged with drafting the Action Plan which will set out the change process involved. A stakeholder consultation process has ...More Button

Written Answers - Future Skills Needs

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs identifies future skills needs of enterprise outlining current provision of education & training and identifies gaps in provision, where enterprise requireme...More Button

The timely training and upskilling of the country’s workforce through a variety of relevant training programmes, further education and higher education programmes is a vital step to meet the ...More Button

In 2011, the training and further education sectors provided almost 300,000 places. In addition enrolments in the third level sector reached 166,000. The Department of Education and Skills expect...More Button

Following on the Labour Market Activation Fund which operated in 2010 and 2011, a new fund will be introduced in 2012 specifically targeted at the long term unemployed. This fund amounting to &eur...More Button

There will be a further roll out of the Higher Education Springboard initiative. The precise number of places to be provided will be determined by the results of an open competitive tendering proc...More Button

One of the areas which has been identified by the EGFSN with emerging skills shortages it the ICT sector. In response, the Government through the Departments of Education and Skills and the Depart...More Button

Skillnets which is an enterprise-led body funded through the National Training Fund (NTF) to provide companies with new opportunities to develop relevant, effective answers to their training and de...More Button

Future Skills Needs Programme fund, Job-seekers Support Programme fund and New Certified Programme Development fund were introduced in 2011 by Skillnets to respond to labour market needs as identif...More Button

SOLAS’s mandate will be to ensure the provision of 21st century high-quality further education and training programmes to jobseekers and other learners. SOLAS and the National Employment Ser...More Button

An enterprise engagement forum was established by my Department in late 2011 and is chaired by the Secretary General of my Department. Its aim is to ensure that there are good communication channe...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

The legislation for the creation of SOLAS has not as yet been passed and no staff have been assigned to SOLAS.More Button

Disciplinary issues in relation to FÁS staff are an operational matter for FÁS within the meaning of the Labour Services Act 1987 and I have no role or function in these matters.More Button

I have been informed by FÁS that a number of staff were subject to disciplinary sanctions in relation to certain procedural findings concerning the Corporate Affairs Unit of FÁS. The...More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services

Circular 74/2012 gave effect to the Budget 2012 decision to reduce allowances paid to Youthreach participants under 18 years of age from €76.65 (16 year olds) and €95.75 (17 year olds) pe...More Button

I am conscious of concerns expressed by some educators that it is not correct to incentivise students to drop out of mainstream second level school so they can instead attend Youthreach courses and...More Button

I am also pleased to inform the Deputy that the number of places available in Youthreach has been maintained — there are almost 6,000 places nationally, with 3,700 provided by VECs in just ov...More Button

Youthreach participants also remain eligible for meal and travel allowances, which have not been reduced, and for free childcare, under the Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) scheme, a...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

I propose to take Questions Nos. 104 and 105 together.More Button

The funding provision for further education and training is decided annually as part of the Estimates process. In 2011, the further education and training sector provided almost 300,000 places. I...More Button

Written Answers - Unemployment Levels

As in other areas of policy and provision, international experience including that of EU Member States in dealing with the needs of the young unemployed can provide a very useful input to the formu...More Button

Questions Nos. 107 and 108 answered with Question No. 89.More Button