Dáil Éireann - Volume 646 - 12 February, 2008

Written Answers. - Employment Rights.

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many reputable electrical firms in the electrical contracting industry are either drastically downsizing or closing their business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4708/08]

  Deputy Micheál Martin: My Department does not collect sector specific information in relation to the electrical contracting sector. I therefore have no particular information in relation to electrical firms.

Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the reason the National Employment Rights Authority has not entered into talks with trade associations in relation to the non-compliance within the electrical contracting industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4709/08]

  Deputy Billy Kelleher: The National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) have advised me that they are happy to meet with trade associations or representative bodies in relation to non-compliance with employment rights in any sector of the economy. In relation to trade associations representing the electrical contracting industry, I have been informed by NERA that they met with one representative body of that industry in May 2007. In addition, NERA have set up an informal working group with EPACE, whose Board includes employer and employee representative bodies. The informal working group was established to discuss matters of mutual interest in the area of employment rights..