The Agreement provides for the speedy utilisation of existing dispute resolution procedures (Labour Relations Commission (LRC), Labour Court, Conciliation and Arbitration Schemes) and contains tight and strict timelines for processing disputes that cannot be resolved in direct discussions between the parties. Where the Parties cannot reach agreement in direct discussions on any matter under the terms of the Agreement within 6 weeks, or another timeframe set by the Implementation Body to reflect the circumstances or nature of the particular matter, the matter is referred by either side to the LRC and, if necessary, to the Labour Court, or through the Conciliation & Arbitration Scheme if applicable. The outcome from the industrial relations or arbitration process is final and binding on all of the parties. Such determination(s) are made within 4 weeks, or such other timeframe set by the Implementation Body to reflect the circumstances or nature of the particular matter.
This section contains some key correspondence with or by the Implementation Body, including with the State industrial relations bodies and the ICTU.
The Body wrote to the Labour Court about how disputes should be handled.
There have been a number of Labour Court hearings about matters related to the Croke Park Agreement. Further information on relevant Labour Court rulings is available on the Court’s website.
Under the Agreement the Implementation Body provides a forum for interpretation and implementation difficulties to be addressed. The Body has been asked for assistance of this kind by the Sectoral Bodies on a number of occasions and its replies are published here.