Killeen, Tony

Tuesday, 6 December 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 611 No. 67

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Priority Questions - National Minimum Wage.

In 2004, labour inspectors undertook 462 inspections under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000. So far this year the inspectorate has undertaken 407 inspections under the legislation. Rights commission...More Button

A significant number of labour inspections were carried out following the introduction of the national minimum wage to ensure employers were aware of its existence and of the necessity for compliance....More Button

Some 31 have been appointed.More Button

I am not certain their training has finished. The Deputy will understand there is little point in appointing people without giving them the necessary training.More Button

All 31 posts were filled in mid-October or early-November and a further training element was to be completed after that date. I can revert to the Deputy with the detail, but the inspection programme i...More Button

With regard to sectoral agreements, the Deputy and the House are aware that a review of the joint labour committee is under way. It is clear there is less need for some of the sectoral agreements than...More Button

One could not escape the attention of the Kilkenny Deputies on the matter.More Button

People are well aware that the issue arises from the date on which the increase in redundancy payments came into effect. On all occasions they come into effect at a particular time. No matter the date...More Button

Priority Questions - Bullying in the Workplace.

In August 2004, my predecessor, Deputy Fahey, established a widely representative expert advisory group on workplace bullying, the terms of reference of which were to advise and report on the effectiv...More Button

I concur with Deputy Connolly that this is a serious issue. It is important to remember the principles that arose from the group’s report, which stated that workplace bullying is unacceptable in all c...More Button

The finding of the report is that additional work needs to be done, the most important of which is the introduction of legislation. With a view to bringing this forward, I have consulted the social pa...More Button

Other Questions - Employment Support Services.

The most recent estimate of the numbers of people with disabilities participating in the labour force was contained in the 2004 CSO QNHS disability update. This indicated that there were 110,800 peopl...More Button

With regard to the cultural change which Deputy Ryan urges the Government to press on employers and able-bodied people, the Deputy and others should acknowledge that a magic wand cannot be waved with ...More Button

The most important element of the mainstreaming with regard to people with disabilities was in transferring this element of responsibility to FÁS, which clearly has responsibility in all the other are...More Button

——by having it dealt with by exactly the same people who deal with employment for people who do not have disabilities. It must be acknowledged on all sides that this is the only manner in which that c...More Button

Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with Nos. 9 to 14, inclusive, and No. 19 be agreed.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 15 be agreed.”
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Regional Fisheries Boards (Postponement of Elections) Order 2005: Motion.

Question put.
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Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Bill 2005 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed).

I thank the Deputies who contributed to the debate. I am grateful in being facilitated in completing the debate tonight to ensure that the committee can deal with the matter during what is euphemistic...More Button

Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Bill 2005 [Seanad]: Referral to Select Committee.

I move: That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Enterprise and Small Business, in accordance with Standing Order 120(1) and paragraph 1(a)(i) of the Orders of Reference of that committee.More Button

Written Answers - Labour Inspectorate.

Following the Minister’s announcement on 12 April last there are now 31 inspector posts sanctioned for the labour inspectorate. This represents almost a doubling of inspector personnel in the past 12 ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 75, 140 and 141 together. No distinction is made in employment rights legislation between Irish and migrant workers. For the avoidance of doubt section 20 of the Prote...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

The Construction Federation operatives pension scheme, generally referred to as CFOPS, has been established on foot of a registered employment agreement for the construction industry. A separate regis...More Button

Written Answers - Jobs for People with Disabilities.

Under the Government’s mainstreaming policy, my Department through FÁS is seeking to increase the participation of disabled workers through a three-pronged approach involving, first, facilitating prog...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

I understand from FÁS that the phase two off-the-job element of apprenticeship, is provided in the FÁS training centre in Shannon. The centre currently has a capacity to cater for 310 apprentices per ...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

The Whistleblowers Protection Bill 1999 is still retained on the Government legislative programme. However, as previously stated on a number of occasions in the Dáil, it is now considered, on reflecti...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Investigations.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 123 together. The labour inspectorate of my Department has been in contact with relevant colleagues in the Garda Síochána, the Department of Communications, Mar...More Button

Written Answers - Labour Inspectorate.

The social partners, together with representatives from the Departments of the Taoiseach and Finance, are members of the Employment Rights Compliance Group, ERCG, that is considering the discussion do...More Button

The labour inspectorate is responsible for monitoring certain employment conditions for all categories of workers in Ireland, including immigrant workers. The inspectorate operates without any differe...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 112, 125 and 145 together. There have been 12 fatalities in the workplace and 1,623 reported accidents since the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 came into ...More Button

Written Answers - Work-Life Balance.

I am not aware of the reports of research to which the Deputy refers nor is my Department carrying out research in this area. There are many factors which impinge both on job satisfaction and separate...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

Section 36 of the Industrial Relations Act 1946 provides that an application for the establishment of a joint labour committee can be made to the Labour Court by me, as Minister, or a trade union or a...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Sector.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has responsibility for the EU Equal Opportunities Child Care Programme 2000-2006 and the Department of Health and Children has responsibility for the...More Button

Written Answers - Jobs for People with Disabilities.

“Mainstreaming”, as defined in the Report by the Commission for the Status of People with Disabilities, relates to the systematic integration of people with disabilities into the open labour market; b...More Button

Written Answers - Public Holidays.

I have no intention to create any new public holidays, to transfer existing public holidays to new dates or to downgrade or transfer the existing public holiday which falls on the first Monday in May.More Button

Written Answers - Security Industry.

The regulation of security companies is governed by the Private Security Services Act 2004. The use of exploitative employment practices which contradict existing employment agreements would be unacce...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and regulations made thereunder, which are administered and enforced by the Health and Safety Authority, HSA, require employers to identify the hazards ...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

We have a comprehensive body of employment rights legislation which has as its objective the protection of employees against arbitrary behaviour by employers, provision for the safety and health of wo...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services.

I understand from FÁS that ex-prisoners qualify for the full range of FÁS services and at any given time a number of ex-prisoners attending FÁS courses may not be identified as such. In addition, the ...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

As part of the “One Step Up” initiative implementing a key element of the Government’s response to the enterprise strategy group’s recommendations, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment i...More Button


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