Dáil Éireann - Volume 531 - 27 February, 2001
Written Answers. - Industrial Relations.
Ms Fitzgerald Ms Fitzgerald
97. Ms Fitzgerald asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the relationship between the Labour Court and her Department; if the court registrar has the discretion, in individual cases, to change procedures; and if this happened in a case (details supplied). [5790/01]
Mr. T. Kitt Mr. T. Kitt
Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Mr. T. Kitt): The Labour Court was established under the Industrial Relations Act, 1946, and provides machinery for the resolution of disputes about industrial relations, equality, organisation of working time and national minimum wage matters.
The Labour Court consists of nine members. The chairman and the two deputy chairmen are appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The three employers members are nominated by IBEC and the three workers members are nominated by the ICTU. The staffing and resources of the Labour Court are provided by my Department. The court is independent in the carrying out of its functions.
As provided in legislation, the procedures of the Labour Court are decided by the Labour Court. The Registrar is the legal adviser to the Labour Court and does not have discretion to change procedures. The Labour Court procedures were adhered to in this case as in all cases.
Dáil Éireann 531 Written Answers. Industrial Relations.