Ireland - The ‘low road’ approach to production and employment - December 31, 2017

The trade union confederation ICTU published a report, which reveals that precarious work is now pervasive in the country. Secure direct employment is increasingly replaced by insecure, uncertain and unpredictable work. The report assessed the increase of precarious employment and the impact of outsourcing. It signals an intense price competition between supplier firms at all points of the supply chain to respond to demands for low cost and speedy deliver. In response, many firms have sought to take the ‘low road’ approach to production and employment at the expense of job security, job quality and wages. The ICTU calls for legislation to tackle insecurity and bogus self-employment.

Read on: in English …   The report: in English …  

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