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    It’s Good to Talk … Isn’t It? Legislating for Information and Consultation in the Irish Work

    Doherty, Michael (2008) It’s Good to Talk … Isn’t It? Legislating for Information and Consultation in the Irish Work. Dublin University Law Journal. ISSN 0332-3250

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    The Irish industrial relations (IR) system has traditionally been characterised as “voluntarist”. This means there is a relative absence of legal intervention in collective employment relations. There is no obligation on employers to recognise a trade union for collective bargaining purposes, for example, and collective agreements are generally not legally binding.1 Regardless of whether or not a trade union is present in a workplace, legally grounded employee rights to information and consultation, or to input into organisational decision-making, in Ireland have been traditionally rather limited. In this context, the passing, in 2002, of the Information and Consultation Directive2 (hereinafter “the Directive”), opened up the possibility of considerable adjustment to the Irish model of IR. This article examines the transposition of the Directive by means of the Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Act 2006 (hereinafter “the Act”) and assesses the extent to which the legislation is likely to be successful in securing robust information and consultation rights for Irish employees in both unionised and non-unionised workplaces. In the case of the former, the implications of the legislation for trade unions will also be considered. The article is set out as follows. First, the voluntarist model will be outlined in more detail. Second, the background and context of the Directive and its transposition (in terms of the key provisions of the 2006 Act) will be assessed. Finally, the implications of the Act for greater employee involvement and input at organisational level (and its potential to “plug” the voluntarist gaps identified) will be examined.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Employee rights; information and consultation; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 11805
    Depositing User: Michael Doherty
    Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 17:34
    Journal or Publication Title: Dublin University Law Journal
    Publisher: Clarus Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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