1. JLCs have the power to set a basic adult wage rate and 2 additional higher rates.
2. Companies may seek exemption from paying ERO rates due to financial difficulty.
3. JLCs no longer set Sunday premium rates. A new statutory Code of Practice on Sunday working is to be prepared by the Workplace Relations Commission.
4. When setting wage rates JLCs will have to take into account factors such as competitiveness and rates of employment and unemployment.
There are currently two ERO’s in place:
(a) contract cleaning and;
New Contract cleaning JLC provides for 10.41% (phased) pay increase
29/11/2016 - The contract cleaning sector will apply their second Employment Regulation Order (ERO) with effect from 26th December 2016. The new ERO provides for a 10.41% phased pay increases of 10.41%. The sector employs thousands of workers in Ireland and the new ERO was negotiated by the sector Joint Labour Committee (JLC). The JLC is made up of representatives from the Services Division of SIPTU and Ibec’s Irish Contract Cleaning Association.
Minister signs orders in respect of JLC system
10/02/2014 - On 29 January 2014, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, signed Orders giving effect to recommendations contained in the Labour Court Review of the Joint Labour Committees which was published on 2 October 2013. The government’s decision to retain the out-dated JLC wage setting system has been criticised by Ibec.
What are JLCs, EROs and REAs
20/07/2011 - Joint Labour Committees (JLCs) are statutory bodies established by the Labour Court under the Industrial Relations Act 1946.