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WRC must be provided with additional resources to deal with extra Garda cases – Maurice Quinlivan TD

20 July, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today welcomed the publication of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2018, but said that the resources of the industrial relations machinery of the state must be increased to meet the rise in demand this Bill will bring.

Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said;

“I welcome the publication of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2018, which aims to give members of the Gardaí access to the industrial relations mechanisms of the State.

“This is a step in the right direction, but we believe the government should go further and allow members of the Gardaí and Defence Forces to have full trade union rights.

“My colleagues David Cullinane TD and Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD have published a Bill that would allow for this, as the continued ban on trade unions within An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces is a violation of the fundamental rights of those employed in these sectors.

“I look forward to the government bringing their Bill before the Dáil, where we intend to introduce our own amendments to strengthen the rights for Gardaí and members of the Defence Forces.

“In addition, if this Bill passes through the Oireachtas, it will give over 13,000 members of the Gardaí access to the WRC and Labour Court. Although this is very welcome, the labour relations institutions are already under strain due to the high number of cases it is handling.

“Constituents of mine have previously expressed frustration with the length of time a case can take in the Workplace Relations Commission or the Labour Court, so it is clear additional staff are needed now to ensure cases can be heard in a timely fashion.

“Minister Humphreys must now set out her plans to reduce current case waiting times, and outline what additional resources will be provided to these institutions to deal with extra Garda cases.”

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