Thursday 23 February 2017

Shane Ross: Batt moves to end union grip on €100k jobs

Appointments 'need to be more transparent'

SHANE ROSS

Batt O'Keeffe. Photo: Frank McGrath
Batt O'Keeffe. Photo: Frank McGrath

MINISTER for Enterprise Batt O'Keeffe is preparing to attack one of the key perks of social partnership and remove a stronghold of trade union and employer patronage.

The Minister has instructed his Department to break the social partners' stranglehold over the appointment of rights commissioners -- the well-paid positions in the gift of trade unions and employers under successive partnership deals. Legislation is now being prepared.

The minister is known to be "very concerned" that these appointments have been the sole preserve of the social partnership-dominated LRC for over 20 years.

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