Considering the Impact of the ‘Right to Bargain’ Legislation in Ireland: A Review

Cullinane, N. and Dobbins, T. (2014) Considering the Impact of the ‘Right to Bargain’ Legislation in Ireland: A Review. Industrial Law Journal, 43 (1). pp. 52-83. DOI: 10.1093/indlaw/dwu002

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Ireland is rare among advanced economies in not having statutory trade union recognition legislation for collective bargaining purposes. The matter has been a source of policy contention over the years with attempts to resolve it encapsulated in the so-called �Right to Bargain� legislation, introduced in 2001. This legislation has sought to circumvent statutory recognition in Ireland by putting in place an alternative mechanism for unions to represent members in non-union firms where collective bargaining is not practiced. This review, based on a mixture of empirical and documentary evidence, demonstrates that this legislation was moderately successful for a short period in generating pay rises, improved employment conditions and better access to procedures for union members in non-unionised firms. Indeed, in some respects, it was a superior institutional mechanism to a statutory recognition regime

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > Bangor Business School
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 02:25
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:00
ISSN: 0305-9332
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4678
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1093/indlaw/dwu002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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