June 18th: In an initial response to the Supreme Court decision issued today (Friday), Unite welcomed the ruling that Sectoral Employment Orders are constitutional. The union said that this provides a firm foundation to develop existing SEOs and establish additional ones – thus expanding vital protections for workers.
Commenting, Regional Officer Tom Fitzgerald said:
“Sectoral Employment Orders are crucial in ensuring decent work throughout the construction sector, and it is therefore very welcome that the Supreme Court has upheld their constitutionality.
“It is nearly a year since the High Court struck down the electrical SEO, thus creating uncertainty for workers across the mechanical and construction sectors. Thanks to union pressure, a stay was put on the order and that remains in effect. Today’s judgement now gives certainty to existing SEOs and offers an opportunity to build on them, expanding vital protections for workers.
“Unite will continue organising not only to ensure that workers derive maximum benefits from existing Sectoral Employment Orders, but also to seek new SEOs”, Mr Fitzgerald concluded.