The High Court decided in June 2019 that the Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Innovation acted outside his powers when making a sectoral employment order (SEO) for electricians.

The Supreme Court will rule on a later date on the State’s appeal against a far-reaching finding that a law under which minimum pay and conditions are(...)

Electrical contractors argue the sectoral employment order is ‘unsustainable’ for consumers. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Small- to medium-sized employers providing electrical contracting services were “thrown under the bus” as a result of a ministerial order setting mini(...)

Minister of State for Employment Pat Breen issued a sectoral employment order setting the rates that electrical contractors should pay employees. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

Electrical contractors cannot be forced to contribute to the builders’ pension scheme following the latest round of a court challenge to a Government (...)

National Electrical Contractors Ireland members must  increase electricians’ pay to between €23.49 and €24.34 an hour, depending on service, from about €18 to €21 an hour. Photograph: iStock

A Government order setting minimum pay for electrical contractors could close businesses and cost jobs, the High Court heard this week. Following a L(...)