Call for debate on collective bargaining - Order of Business, 17/12/14
Posted on December 17, 2014
Yesterday in the Order of Business Seanad Éireann (17/12/14)
I called for a debate on collective bargaining.
‘ I ask for a debate on collective bargaining. Yesterday, the Government approved collective bargaining legislation. The Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Gerald Nash, yesterday announced Cabinet approval to legislate for this long overdue legislation. Its aim is to provide for an improved framework for workers who seek to better their terms and conditions where an employer does not recognise a union. This is a hugely important issue for many workers across the State and for the trade union movement. A number of Supreme Court decisions have undermined collective bargaining rights in this country. In the programme for Government in 2011 it was promised that the law would be reformed, in particular to ensure it is in compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of rights to collective bargaining. I ask the Leader that we might debate the matter in early course in the new year.’