30th May 2013
The recent Supreme Court judgement that struck down the electrical contractors registered employment agreement (REA) has left many in the security industry wondering about the status of the security industry REA recently filed with the labour court.
Alan Durnan, Chairman of the Irish Security Industry Association's (ISIA) guarding division has assured the industry and members of the ISIA that this recent decision by the Supreme Court does not in fact impact on the Security Industry's REA, which is currently going through the process of registration with the labour court.
Durnan pointed out, "the current Electrical Contractor's REA was registered on the 24th September 1990 and is underpinned by the Industrial Relations Act 1946". The REA recently agreed by a majority of employer and employee representatives of the private security industry is being pursued under the emended procedure of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012. Durnan highlights that, "the 2012 Act is more robust and addresses any gaps from the previous legislation that led to rulings that deemed ERO's and REA's unconstitutional. The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012 has addressed the previous lack of Ministerial and Oireachtas oversight in both registering and varying REA's"
The overall view of the ISIA's Guarding Division Chairman is that the proposed REA has been constructed in a way that gives it a "stronger legal footing". Durnan stated that "confidence is high that it will be approved and it is robust enough to hold up against any legal challenge that may present itself".