Ireland -New collective bargaining law receives mixed reviews -May 09, 2015

Concerns that the law will promote company unions and effectively weaken position of nationwide unions.

A draft law regulating collective bargaining has received mixed reviews from trade unions. The law is praised for allowing workers and their unions to present wage demands even in work places where the employer does not recognise the union. These claims will be judged by the Labour Court for recommendations and may be enforced through the Circuit Court in cases where employers refuse to comply. However, concerns were voiced that the law will promote company unions and thus effectively weaken the position of the current nationwide unions.

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