Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 02 November, 2005

Written Answers. - Labour Inspectorate.

  142. Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the progress made to date in 2005 with regard to consideration of the discussion document covering the operation of the labour inspectorate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31602/05]

  Mr. Killeen: Work has been progressing with regard to the discussion document prepared in connection with the mandate and resourcing of the labour inspectorate. The social partners, together with representatives from the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Finance, are members of the Employment Rights Compliance Group, ERCG, that is considering the discussion document.

The group first met on 12 September this year and has met four times since. Arising from the discussion document, and additional social partner inputs, the group commenced its work with an agenda that exceeded 40 topics embracing a range of issues including the implementation of a campaign of employment rights information dissemination that will be delivered in a very focused and strategic fashion. The discussions are now well advanced. Possible future models of employment rights enforcement are next to be considered. It is anticipated that ERCG’s deliberations will be concluded within the next three weeks.

Question No. 143 answered with Question No. 140.