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August 2017 Industrial Relations Newsletter

Adare Human Resource Management

Established in 2003, Adare Human Resource Management are Ireland’s leading expert and provider of Employment Law, Industrial Relations (IR), Human Resource Management (HRM) and Health and Safety Services.
  • Labour Court rule Union numbers below 50% of Grade to be “Not Insignificant”

    Aug 16, 2017
    As the application of more recently enacted IR legislation becomes more commonly deployed by unions it is becoming more important, if not critical, that HR practitioners familiarise themselves with key elements of the IR Acts. Since the foundation of the state, Employers have always had the absolute right not to recognise or engage with trade unions if that was their desired wish. However, whilst that situation, in the main, remains the case Employers might find that the aforementioned absolute right might not be all that “absolute”. In other words, if unions seeking improved terms and conditions for their members at employments where the Employer established tradition is not to bargain with unions, then for that Employer to simply ignore the union is no longer going to constitute a sound strategy. This is becoming particularly so through the unions’ application of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015.
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  • SIPTU get Labour Court backing in “Recognition” Dispute

    Aug 16, 2017
    As referenced in my earlier article relating to the application of the IR Amendment Act 2001 – 2015 it is clear that the options for Trade Unions in the context of pursuing “recognition rights” or gaining influence in the setting of their members terms and conditions of employment has been significantly enhanced by that recent legislation.
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