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Breen, Pat

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Industrial Relations

The dispute at the company referred to by the deputy relates to certain terms and conditions of employment, including that of pay and contractual security which a trade union is seeking to negotiat...More Button

As the deputy will be aware, Ireland operates a system of industrial relations that is voluntary in nature under which responsibility for the resolution of industrial disputes between employers a...More Button

Under Irish law, as established in case law, it is not mandatory for employers to recognize trade unions. I understand that the company in question has indicated that it has in place a mechanism...More Button

It has been the consistent policy of successive Irish Governments to support the development of an institutional framework supportive of a voluntary system of industrial relations that is premise...More Button

The most recent legislation to facilitate this is the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 that came into effect on 1 August 2015. This Act provides a clear and balanced mechanism by which ...More Button

This legislation was the culmination of an extensive consultation process with stakeholders at the time, including the issue of employees’ rights to engage in collective bargaining. The legislat...More Button

The 2015 Act makes provision, in instances where employers engage in collective bargaining with an ‘internal excepted body’ as opposed to a trade union, for a referral to be made to the Labour Co...More Button