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Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has welcomed the report on the reform of the Joint Labour Committees which he received from the Labour Court today, April 23 2013.

The Minister had asked the Labour Court to conduct the review in line with the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act which he introduced last year. Reviews of each Joint Labour Committee (JLC) will now be carried out at least once every 5 years.

The review was conducted by Ms Janet Hughes who was appointed on behalf of the Labour Court. She reviewed the 10 existing JLCs and in doing so examined whether any JLC should be abolished, maintained in its current form, amalgamated with another JLC or its establishment order amended.

The Minister described the review as “the most comprehensive review of the Committees since they were first established over 60 years ago”. He added: “I view the report  very much within the context of the continuous process of reform in the area that is designed to improve Ireland’s competitiveness by enhancing wage flexibility while also ensuring protection for vulnerable workers. “

The Labour Court submitted its report to the Minister earlier this week and the Minister hopes to issue his response shortly.