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Trade Unions & Works Councils in Ireland

We work with our specialist Trade Union and Collective group who advise employers on all aspects of their industrial relations, specialising in advising on managing their relationships with trade unions, European Work Councils and other collective issues. The team is made up of lawyers recognised as leaders in the field and is headed in the UK by a former trade union official.

We work with employers in many different sectors but one thing that we always do for them is make sure our advice is tailored to their needs, taking into account not only the type of workforce they have but also the relationship they have with their union or any European works council they have. Advising in this area is not just a question of applying black letter law, it’s about having the experience of dealing with such issues before and recognising what works and what doesn’t.

Issues we advise employers on include:

  • industrial relations strategy
  • dealing with union recognition requests
  • avoiding and dealing with industrial action including picketing
  • dealing with other leverage tactics increasingly being used by unions
  • demonstrations, sit ins and protests; the ability to withhold pay and benefits
  • applications for injunctions
  • defending claims by trade union representatives of detrimental treatment and dismissal on the grounds of their status and involvement with the union
  • dealing with unwanted union requests for confidential information; drafting and amending collective agreements
  • defending claims of inducing employees to withdraw from having their terms determined by collective bargaining
  • establishing European and National Works Councils (including working with members of our international alliance in relation to the same when necessary) and
  • the management of all stages of the process to establish a European Works Council
  • ·ongoing compliance with and the renegotiation of existing European Works Council agreements
  • strategic planning for the future impact of Brexit on European Works Councils

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