"The Order will set increased rates of minimum pay and amendments to pension contribution rates for workers in the construction sector."
NEW SECTORAL EMPLOYMENT ORDER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
On 13 April 2023 the Minister for Employment Affairs and Retail Business approved the Draft SI Sectoral Employment Order (Construction) 2023 and referred it for approval to the Oireachtas. It is intended to commence on 18 September 2023. It will set increased rates of minimum pay and amendments to pension contribution rates for workers in the construction sector.
REPORT ON POSTING THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS
The posting of third country nationals is a growing phenomenon, particularly in construction, transport and agriculture. A European Labour Court Report on the cooperation practices, possibilities, and challenges between Member States provides recommendations on how to address main issues. They include:
1. developing guidelines for Member States to support the correct application of EU law;
4. making better use of the Internal Market Information System and the promotion of good practices on the use of digital tools for the exchange of information;
2. developing an information tool and a practical handbook for competent authorities on the enforcement of the applicable rules on posting of workers;
5. promoting the exchange of information and good practices between Member States; and
3. supporting the regular exchange of information between the competent authorities of the Member States;
6. providing specific training, staff exchanges and secondment schemes for competent staff in national authorities; and exploiting the potential offered by the European Labour Court for concerted or joint inspections at cross-border level.
PROPOSED REVISION OF THE EUROPEAN WORKS COUNCIL DIRECTIVE
On 11 April 2023 the European Commission launched a first-stage consultation with European social partners on a revision of European Works Council Directive 2009/38/EC. It will be open for six weeks.
Drawing on the “Radtke Report” approved by the European Parliament on 2 February 2023, and the 2018 Commission Evaluation of the Directive, six areas for potential reform have been identified: the notion of “transnational matter”; the definition of “consultation”; “confidentiality” restrictions; the framework for setting up EWCs; enforcement (redress and sanctions); and exemptions from the scope of the recast Directive.
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