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Childcare Draft Establishment Order

25th May 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 Division has decided that it is appropriate to hear all parties appearing to the court to be interested and desiring to be heard before deciding to adopt the proposals.

To this end a remote hearing at will take place 9.30 a.m. on Friday 28th May 2021. Please note the change of time from our earlier posting on the matter.

As this remote hearing is open to the public, all submissions are available below. Should you wish to attend the hearing please contact the Court Secretary via email at by 5pm Thursday 27th May.

  1. “I as a provider and employer I would like to make sure that SAC services whom staff aren't required to have qualifications are included in the process,” Received via email from Ray of Sunshine Morning and After school Services, Unit 39 The Mill Enterprise Centre, Rathnew.  Co Wicklow. A67 VE22 

  1. Personally, I am very concerned that as the State places more and more restrictions on services charging parents for childcare but then only pay the absolute minimum possible to services. Services will really struggle to pay increased wages and other ever increasing costs that come with running quality childcare services. Increased wages need realistic increased funding from State. Otherwise, we will see more services closing their doors. Tus Nua Montessori, Bray, Co. Wicklow

 3. ICTU SIPTU Objections - LC Early Years Establishment Order Draft 21st May 2021

4. Ibec submission to the Labour Court - Objection to establishment order of Early Years JLC

Early Years Service Joint Labour Committee Establishment Order Draft:

Early Years Service Joint Labour Committee Establishment Order Draft 2021