Industrial Relations Act 1946

41A.

Review of joint labour committees.

F34 [ 41A. (1) As soon as practicable after the commencement of section 11 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012, and at least once every 5 years thereafter the Court shall carry out a review of each joint labour committee.

(2) Before carrying out a review under subsection (1), the Court shall publish in the prescribed manner a notice setting out

( a ) that the Court proposes to carry out a review of a joint labour committee, and

( b ) that submissions in respect of the review may, before a date specified in the notice, be made to the Court in writing setting out the grounds on which the joint labour committee concerned should be retained, abolished or amalgamated with another joint labour committee,

and the Court shall consider any submissions made in accordance with paragraph ( b ) and carry out the review within 6 weeks of the date specified in the notice for receipt of submissions.

(3) When carrying out a review under subsection (1), the Court shall have regard to the following:

( a ) a review by the Labour Relations Commission made under section 39 of the Industrial Relations Act 1990 in respect of the joint labour committee concerned;

( b ) the class or classes of workers to which the joint labour committee applies, and the Court shall have particular regard to changes in the trade or business to which the joint labour committee applies, since

(i) the committee was established, or

(ii) the last review under this section was carried out;

( c ) the type or types of enterprises to which the joint labour committee applies, and the Court shall have particular regard to changes in the trade or business to which the joint labour committee applies, since

(i) the committee was established, or

(ii) the last review under this section was carried out;

( d ) the experience of the enforcement of statutory minimum remuneration and statutory conditions of employment within the sector;

( e ) the experience of any adjustments made to the rates of statutory minimum remuneration and statutory conditions of employment;

( f ) the impact on employment levels, especially at entry level, of fixing statutory minimum remuneration and statutory conditions of employment;

( g ) whether the fixing of statutory minimum remuneration and of statutory conditions of employment by the joint labour committee has been prejudicial to the exercise of collective bargaining as a means of achieving the legitimate interests of employers and workers in the sector;

( h ) in the case of a joint labour committee that represents workers and employers in a particular region in the State, whether the basis for the continuation of such regional representation is justified;

( i ) any submissions made in accordance with subsection (2)( b ).

(4) Following a review under subsection (1)

( a ) where the Court is satisfied that to do so would promote harmonious relations between workers and employers and assist in the avoidance of industrial unrest, the Court may recommend that

(i) the joint labour committee is maintained in its current form,

(ii) the joint labour committee is amalgamated with another joint labour committee, or

(iii) the establishment order pursuant to which the joint labour committee was established is amended,

or

( b ) where the Court is satisfied that it is no longer appropriate to maintain a joint labour committee the Court may recommend that the joint labour committee is abolished.

(5) Where the Court makes a recommendation under subsection (4), it shall forward a copy of the recommendation to the Minister.

(6) As soon as practicable after receipt of a copy of a recommendation under subsection (5), the Minister shall, where he or she is satisfied that subsection (3) has been complied with, and where he or she considers it appropriate to do so, make an order in the terms of the recommendation.

(7) Where the Minister is not satisfied that subsection (3) has been complied with, or where he or she considers that it is not appropriate to make an order in the terms of the recommendation, he or she shall

( a ) refuse to make an order in the terms of the recommendation, and

( b ) notify the Court in writing of his or her decision and the reasons for the decision.

(8) An order under subsection (6) may contain such incidental, supplementary and consequential provisions as the Minister considers necessary or expedient for the purposes of the order including, where the order abolishes a joint labour committee pursuant to a recommendation of the Court, the revocation of an employment regulation order made pursuant to proposals made by the joint labour committee concerned.

(9) Every order under subsection (6) shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the order is passed by either such House within the next 21 days on which that House has sat after the order is laid before it, the order shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudiceto the validity of anything previously done thereunder. ]

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Amendments:

F34

Inserted (1.08.2012) by Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012 (32/2012), s. 11, S.I. No. 302 of 2012.

Editorial Notes:

E103

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (19.12.2018) by Catering Joint Labour Committee Establishment Order 2018 (S.I. No. 591 of 2018).

E104

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (18.12.2018) by Catering Joint Labour Committee and Catering Joint Labour Committee (County Borough of Dublin and the Borough of Dun Laoghaire) (Abolition) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 590 of 2018).

E105

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (28.01.2014) by Security Industry Joint Labour Committee Establishment (Amendment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 30 of 2014).

E106

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (28.01.2014) by Law Clerks Joint Labour Committee (Abolition) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 29 of 2014).

E107

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (28.01.2014) by Hotels Joint Labour Committee Establishment (Amendment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 28 of 2014).

E108

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (28.01.2014) by Hotels Joint Labour Committee (for the areas known, until 1st January, 1994, as the County Borough of Dublin and the Borough of Dun Laoghaire) (Abolition) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 27 of 2014).

E109

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (28.01.2014) by Hairdressing Joint Labour Committee Establishment (Amendment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 26 of 2014).

E110

Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (28.01.2014) by Contract Cleaning Joint Labour Committee Establishment (Amendment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 25 of 2014).