Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Act 1996
Arbitration relating to disputes concerning interpretation or operation of agreements.
21.— F38 [ (1) Disputes between the central management and employees or their representatives concerning —
( a ) the interpretation or operation of an agreement referred to in section 11(1), or
( b ) matters provided for in section 17,
may be referred by either the central management or employees ’ representatives to an independent arbitrator, appointed on such terms as to remuneration or otherwise as agreed between the parties. ]
(2) If the parties cannot reach agreement on the appointment or terms of appointment of an arbitrator, either of them may apply to the Labour Court established by section 10 of the Industrial Relations Act, 1946, which shall refer the dispute to the arbitration of one or more persons as it thinks fit.
(3) An arbitrator to whom under subsection (2) a dispute is referred shall be paid such fees as the Minister, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, may determine, which fees shall be paid by the parties or a party to the arbitration as directed by the arbitrator.
(4) An arbitrator to whom under subsection (2) a dispute is referred shall make his or her determination on the basis of the written submissions of the parties, but may conduct a hearing, at which both parties may be present, if he or she thinks the circumstances of the case require it.
(5) Subject to subsection (3), the parties to an arbitration under this section shall bear their own costs.
(6) A party to an arbitration under this section may not appeal to a court against a determination of the arbitrator except on a point of law.