A comprehensive submission outlining NECIs position regarding the current electrical contracting REA has been prepared and lodged with the Department of Enterprise Trade & Innovation. The submission runs to in excess of 200 pages and clearly identifies the negative effects for employers who are obliged to operate an Electrical Contracting Business under the terms of the current Registered Employment Agreement. We understand that in excess of 200 submissions have been lodged. The review is to be completed within six weeks, which indicates we can expect completion in mid April. The report which was prepared by Peter Cassells and Finbar Flood in 2009 was included in the NECI submission. The four recommendations arising from this investigation have been completely ignored by the parties to the current REA.
The review is being carried out by Mr. Kevin Duffy and Mr. Frank Walsh. NECI have clearly told Mr. Duffy and Mr. Walsh that we will not continue to apply the terms of the current REA when we are allowed no input into its contents. We have advised the review team regarding the lack of change (except upward wage increases) in the agreement since 1990. We have also advised them regarding the reluctance of Contractors to take on employees under the terms of the current agreement. A section of our submission informs the review body about the make up and operation of EPACE. Of course none of this will be news to Mr. Duffy who is well aware of the severe effects of the current agreement on small Electrical Contractors who are excluded from having any input into the agreement. Many of our members have stood before Mr. Duffy and paid a heavy price for not knowing that the Agreement made between the ECA / AECI and a Union was legally binding on them also.
We await the completion of the review with great interest.