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Increase in Labour Court cases underlines need for more staff and trade union recognition

26 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Worker's Rights spokesperson Arthur Morgan, speaking after publication of the Labour Court's Annual Report for 2005, has said that the continuing increase in the number of cases coming before the Court is in stark contrast to the lack of additional support.

Deputy Morgan pointed out that despite the significant increase in the workforce from 1.5 million to over 2 million between 1996 and 2006, the Labour Court was granted only one additional administrative staff member in the same period.

The Louth TD said: "The report published today shows that the Labour Court held almost a hundred more hearings last year than in 2004 and received almost fourteen hundred referrals. There has been a steady increase totalling 64% in caseloads in the five years since 2000 but despite this, and the massive increase in the workforce, the Court was granted only one additional administrative staff member since 1996.

"Analysis of the report also underlines the need for tighter regulation and better enforcement of existing labour law. The refusal of employers to enter into collective bargaining and to abide by registered agreements contributing massively to increased referrals.

"The need for mandatory trade union recognition in Ireland could not be clearer the failure of the recent Partnership agreement to deliver on this, an indictment of those involved in the negotiations." ENDS

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