15 August 2011 #Employment
Richard Bruton, Enterprise Minister for Ireland, has launched a consultation regarding the merger of the five Irish employment rights bodies: the Labour Court (the Irish equivalent of Employment Tribunals), the Labour Relations Commission, the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), The Employment Appeals Tribunal and the Equality Authority.
Bruton said that the country`s "employment rights bodies which have grown up in a haphazard manner over the years are not fit for purpose. Workers seeking to enforce their rights face waiting times of up to 80 weeks, more than 35 different forms, six different websites, and generally bewildering complexity... Reform in this area, as in many others, has been talked about for many years. Today I am happy to take the next steps in implementation."
A final decision will be made next month.