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Childcare Draft Establishment Order

27th April 2021 - Notice of Intention to Hold an Inquiry into an Application to Establish an Early Years Service Joint Labour Committee pursuant to section 38 of the Industrial Relations Act, 1946

Following receipt of an application from Damien English T.D., the Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, pursuant to Section 36 of the Industrial Relations Act, 1946 and following consideration by the Labour Court of such an application in accordance with Section 38 and subject to Section 37 of the Industrial Relations Act 1946, the Court hereby gives notice of its proposal to hold an inquiry into the application by way of remote hearing at 11.30 a.m. on Friday the 28th May 2021.

This could result in the Labour Court making a recommendation to the Minister in either the terms of the Draft Establishment Order which had been prepared in accordance with Section 38 of the said Act of 1946, or with such modifications of those terms as it considers necessary for the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee (JLC) covering workers involved in Early Years Service provision. Any such JLC would have the capacity to recommend mandatory minimum rates of pay and terms and conditions of employment for certain workers employed in the sector.

Any person wishing to make objections to the Draft Establishment Order should do so in writing, stating the grounds of objection and the omissions, additions or modifications asked for. The last day for receipt of objections is 5p.m. on Tuesday the 25 May 2021. Any such objections should be sent by post to The Secretary, The Labour Court, Lansdowne House, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, D04 A3A8 or by E-mail to 

The Court shall consider any objections to the draft Establishment Order at the inquiry. Please note that it is the Court’s intention to publish all written objections received on its website and parties making objection should ensure that all material submitted complies with all relevant regulatory legislation including Data Protection Legislation.

Early Years Service Joint Labour Committee Establishment Order Draft 2021