Key Strategic Employment Issues to Consider for 2022 - #4

A balanced outcome to the Review of Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations is needed.


The decision in April 2021 by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. to set up of a High-level Working Group to review collective bargaining and the industrial relations landscape in Ireland was welcomed by Stratis. We have emphasised the importance of achieving a balanced outcome but also pointed to the risks for all parties, depending on the outcome.


Amidst enthusiasm from the left, urging that the review must deliver nothing less than a right to collective bargaining, we believe that a more nuanced approach will be needed to navigate the complexity of issues that will arise. As part of a balanced approach which includes a review of the industrial relations landscape, as well as collective bargaining, this must grasp the need for substantial and much needed reform of our IR system. For more on this you may wish to read our assessment of the key issues (here) The High-level Working Group is expected to report shortly and the recommendations will be of significant interest to employers in 2022.


You may also wish to listen to our four (4) part Podcast (here) on the topic of “Are we heading towards some form of mandatory union recognition in Ireland? In each episode Liam Doherty, Senior Partner with Stratis Consulting, is joined by Brendan McGinty, Managing Partner, Stratis Consulting, and Kevin Duffy, former Chairman of the Labour Court, who are leading employment experts to address aspects of this important question.


If you would like to talk to us about any of these issues, or about engaging your people through the period ahead, please get in touch with me at brendan.mcginty@stratis.ie or any one of our Partners.

Brendan McGinty

Managing Partner

Stratis Consulting

‘Strategic Employment Relations’

E: brendan.mcginty@stratis.ie

T: +353 (0) 1 2166302

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Disclaimer: The information in this article is for practical guidance only and does not constitute legal or case specific advice. The answers to specific situations will vary depending on the circumstances of each case. This is not a substitute for specific professional advice relevant to individual circumstances facing your business.

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