Workplace Relations Commission to start holding hearings in Kerry

The Workplace Relations Commission is to start holding hearings in Kerry.

The Commission’s first full year annual report reveals it’ll be expanding with five new venues across the country.

Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen says it’s important complainants and respondents don’t have to travel long distances to have cases heard.

This Workplace Relations Commission report highlights that almost 15,000 complaints were processed by the WRC Adjudication Service last year, and that €1.5 million in unpaid wages were secured for workers.

The Commission is to add new hearings venues – Kerry, Donegal, Mayo, Monaghan and Kilkenny; in Kerry, they’ll be held in Tralee.

The WRC says it’ll work with the OPW to identify if there are public buildings which would be available on a constant basis for hearings in Tralee, if not they’ll identify suitable hotels which offer the most appropriate conference or meeting room facilities at the best available rates.

They say Tralee and the other four new venues will be reviewed in light of experience, volume of claims, availability of adjudicators in proximity to the venues, and the practicalities of scheduling hearings.