Current Issue, 31st July 2014
Industrial Relations News articles are only available to registered users and subscribers.
Subscribe to IRN
Industrial Relations News (IRN) is a weekly subscription magazine providing comprehensive coverage of all industrial and employee relations issues.
Lead News Items
A behind-the-scene process mediated by ICTU general secretary David Begg was behind the invitation to the Unite trade union to discuss the Waterford Crystal pensions dispute with the Department of Social Protection.
The Irish Medical Organisation is considering an offer that could see the salary structure of new hospital consultants increasing gradually over a lengthy period, thereby reversing some of the 30% salary cut imposed two years ago, in return for new career paths and changes in how they go about their work.
Pay progression along the personal pay range for IT staff in An Post is to unfreeze – for the first time in six years – following ‘changed circumstances’ since a Labour Court recommendation last year.
A driver, working at Greenstar through the QED Recruitment agency, has lost his claim under the Temporary Agency Work Act, because the collective agreement referred to was formed after his claim was submitted. In addition, there was no evidence to show that higher rates referred to in his claim were of general application.
Bill provides insight into new WRC structure for dispute resolution
The new Workplace Relations Bill, belatedly published this week, will enable the establishment of the Workplace Relations Commission and the dissolution of the LRC, EAT, NERA, and Equality Tribunal, by end of 2014.
Employer's lack of engagement key to trustee victory in €2.3m pension case
A claim by trustees of a small defined benefit (DB) pension scheme, for payment of a €2.3 million contribution by an employer winding up the scheme, has been backed by the High Court.
Collective negotiation & competition law - the IMO settlement suggests a new paradigm
A recent settlement of a Competition Authority lawsuit against the Irish Medical Organisation seems to turn back the tide on competition law encroachment on collective bargaining. A "framework agreement" on IMO negotiations with the State agreed at the same time affirms this impression. (Read more>)