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National Lottery staff must get brief and ballot on LRC proposals – McDonald

4 October, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Following the awarding of the new lottery licence to An Post and Camelot Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure current national lottery workers are fully briefed and balloted on LRC proposals dealing with their future terms and conditions.
The Dublin TD said:
“Following yesterday’s announcement that An Post and Camelot have been awarded the new lottery licence Minister Howlin stated that issues relating to the terms and conditions of current National Lottery staff are being addressed in a positive way in proposals from the Labour relations Commission (LRC). This will be news to the workers who have yet to be even balloted on the LRC proposals.
“The majority of Lottery workers are on permanent secondment from An Post and are therefore contractually bound to the company. Earlier this year the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform acknowledged An Post as the employer of the majority of the Lottery staff. However it appears the staff are not being given the option to return to An Post.
“Announcing the new lottery licence holder in the absence of any agreement with employees on their future is on the face of it pretty inappropriate. It’s time now for the Minister and his officials to reengage with unions to ensure the LRC proposals are put to a ballot as soon as possible.”

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