Ireland - Trade union SIPTU wants referendum on bargaining rights - October 31, 2017

The country’s largest trade union SIPTU has called for the Government to hold a referendum to give unions rights to engage in collective bargaining on behalf of their members. Under the current law trade unions have the right to organise workers, but, employers also have the right not to recognise unions for the purposes of collective bargaining. At SIPTU’s biennial conference, in Cork, the delegates debated a motion calling for a referendum to be held to provide workers with a constitutional right to engage in collective bargaining. Outgoing general president Jack O’Connor criticised the fact that workers still do not enjoy a constitutional entitlement to participate fully in collective bargaining with their employers.

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