Ireland -Employer groups seek to leave pay agreement -December 14, 2011

Two major employer groups in the electrical industry have applied to withdraw from a legally binding agreement which sets pay and conditions for up to 10,000 electricians. In October 2011, the Association of Electrical Contractors in Ireland (AECI) executive wrote to the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) not only informing it of its withdrawal from the negotiations on a new registered employment agreement (REA) for the industry, but also that it was “pursuing members’ instructions for the removal of the REA for this industry.” In December, the AECI along with the other main employers’ body, the Electrical Contractors’ Association, jointly wrote to the Labour Court giving six months’ notice of their intention to apply for cancellation of the REA. If both are allowed to withdraw, the REA will essentially become defunct. The Technical Electrical and Engineering Union (TEEU) has warned that any attempt by an employer to unilaterally cut pay will be met by industrial resistance.

English: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/electrical-employer-groups-seek ...


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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