Electricity (Supply) (Amendment) Act, 1949

Reference of disputes to the Tribunal.

5.—(1) Every dispute which shall arise between the Board and all or any of the general employees for the time being in the employment of the Board and which relates to the employment of such employees (including disputes declared by this Act to be referable to the Tribunal) shall, at the request of the Board or of the other party or parties to the dispute, be referred to and be determined by the Tribunal.

(2) When determining a dispute in relation to rates of remuneration and hours of work or either of them, the Tribunal shall have regard to the principle underlying the fair wages clause commonly inserted in government contracts and to the general circumstances and conditions of employment by the Board, including the advantages of regular employment and the benefits under the superannuation schemes under the Superannuation Act of 1942 .

(3) Where a dispute is referred pursuant to subsection (1) of this section to the Tribunal, the Tribunal may request the Labour Court to investigate the dispute and thereupon the Labour Court may investigate the dispute, but, save upon request as aforesaid, the Labour Court shall not investigate a dispute to which this section applies.

(4) This section shall not affect subsection (6) of section 3 of the Electricity (Supply) (Amendment) Act, 1942 (No. 27 of 1942).