A Labour Court recommendation for new minimum pay rates to workers in the construction sector has been formally approved by Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English.
The Sectoral Employment process is a statutory wage setting mechanism based on the principles of collective bargaining. It provides an independent assessment of pay rates that considers the views of all interested parties with a view of ensuring industrial harmony and competitiveness.
Minister English said his role is to ensure that the Labour Court's recommendation has complied with the statutory provisions of Chapter 3 of Part 2 of the Industrial Relations Act 2015.
"I have carefully considered the statutory report that was submitted to me alongside the recommendation, and, on this basis, I have formally accept the Labour Court's recommendation.
"These measures are an important step in securing stability and growth in this crucial sector of the Irish economy. This Order will protect the working conditions of workers in the construction sector; will underpin continued good relations between workers and employers in the sector; and will help maintain the attractiveness of this sector as a viable career option."
The recommendation is the third such recommendation from the Labour Court in the construction sector. The recommendation, if approved by both Houses of the Oireachtas, will take effect by means of a Sectoral Employment Order.
As required, the Minister will now proceed to have the draft Order considered in both Houses of the Oireachtas over the coming weeks.