Ireland - Employers press in Brussels for more radical reform - June 15, 2011

In mid-June the Irish employers’ association, IBEC, told the European Commission that the country’s wage-setting mechanisms need to be abolished and that government proposals do not go far enough. IBEC Director Brendan McGinty said the country cannot afford what he termed ‘legacy arrangements', adding that the UK abolished similar structures as far back as 1993. SIPTU union Divisional Organiser John King criticised IBEC’s trip to Europe, stating: “IBEC should be engaging with the social partners and Irish government rather than travelling to Brussels to ask the European Commission to intervene in a process in which it has no competence. The Commission has no authority to dictate to a member state what its wage policy or wage setting mechanisms should be” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 January, February, March and May 2011).



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) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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