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Developments in Irish Social Dialogue and NESC Since May 2011. Rory O’Donnell Rory.odonnell@nesc.ie www.nesc.ie. Context. New government took office March 2011 EU/IMF Programme in place since December 2010 ' Croke Park' Agreement between government & public sector trade unions. Context.

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developments in irish social dialogue and nesc since may 2011

Developments in Irish Social Dialogue and NESC Since May 2011

Rory O’Donnell

Rory.odonnell@nesc.ie

www.nesc.ie

context
Context
  • New government took office March 2011
  • EU/IMF Programme in place since December 2010
  • 'Croke Park' Agreement between government & public sector trade unions
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Context
  • New government took office March 2011:
    • Reversed €1 reduction in National Minimum Wage
  • EU/IMF Programme in place since December 2010
  • 'Croke Park' Agreement between government & public sector trade unions
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Context
  • New government took office March 2011:
    • Reversed €1 reduction in National Minimum Wage
  • EU/IMF Programme in place since December 2010
    • Includes review of sectoral Registered Employment Agreements
  • 'Croke Park' Agreement between government & public sector trade unions
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Context
  • New government took office March 2011:
    • Reversed €1 reduction in National Minimum Wage
  • EU/IMF Programme in place since December 2010
    • Includes review of sectoral Registered Employment Agreements
  • 'Croke Park' Agreement between government & public sector trade unions
    • No more pay cuts in return for flexibility & cooperation
council developments
Council Developments
  • Council re-convened June 2011:
    • Environmental pillar added with equal membership (4)
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Council Developments
  • Council re-convened June 2011:
    • Environmental pillar added with equal membership (4)
  • Prime Minister attended first meeting:
    • Affirmed role of the Council
    • Sought assistance with the reform agenda
    • More frequent, shorter and timely reports
    • Need not always represent consensus view
    • Members draw on personal experience beyond representation
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Council Developments
  • Council re-convened June 2011:
    • Environmental pillar added with equal membership (4)
  • Prime Minister attended first meeting:
    • Affirmed role of the Council
    • Sought assistance with the reform agenda
    • More frequent, shorter and timely reports
    • Need not always represent consensus view
    • Members draw on personal experience beyond representation
  • New Chair September 2011
council developments continued
Council Developments -continued

4. Government statements on future of 'social dialogue'

  • No over-arching social partnership agreement likely
  • 'Structured bi-lateral dialogue' with social partners
  • NESC as main forum for multi-lateral dialogue
  • PM & Deputy PM to attend NESC plenary each year
  • Sustainable Development Council closed, agenda to NESC
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Council Developments -continued

4. Government statements on future of 'social dialogue'

  • No over-arching social partnership agreement likely
  • 'Structured bi-lateral dialogue' with social partners
  • NESC as main forum for multi-lateral dialogue
  • PM & Deputy PM to attend NESC plenary each year
  • Sustainable Development Council closed, agenda to NESC

5. Process improvements adopted & under consideration

  • More structured Council meetings
  • Possible Council working groups
  • Closer relation with the agenda of PM's department
  • Abolition of 'alternate members'
  • Possible reduction in the size of the Council
council secretariat work
Council & Secretariat Work

Council report August 2011:

Supports and Services for Unemployed Jobseekers: Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Recession

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Council & Secretariat Work

Council report August 2011:

Supports and Services for Unemployed Jobseekers: Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Recession

Secretariat Paper August 2011:

Ireland's Economic Recovery: An Analysis and Exploration

council secretariat work2
Council & Secretariat Work

Council report August 2011:

Supports and Services for Unemployed Jobseekers: Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Recession

Secretariat Paper August 2011:

Ireland's Economic Recovery: An Analysis and Exploration

Ongoing Work:

Quality and Accountability in Irish Human Services

Economic Recovery and Employment

Climate Change – special request from Government