The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, last week announced the publication of the Report of the Labour Court’s ‘Review of the Joint Labour Committee (JLC) system’. The Report recommends that the overall number of JLCs be reduced and that the scope of others be amended to take into account the changing circumstances of the sectors within which those JLCs operate.
Minister Bruton advised that he accepted the recommendations contained in the Report and set out the legal steps necessary for their implementation.
He said: “At the conclusion of this process there will be eight JLCs, and this will drop to seven when the necessary legislation is passed – leaving slightly over half the number that operated at the beginning of the reform process, which I pursued on coming to Office. This latest development sits squarely within the context of the change required to improve Ireland’s competitiveness by enhancing wage flexibility while also ensuring protection for vulnerable workers”.