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16/02/2011

Sector-level bargaining and possibilities for deviations at company level: Ireland

EF/10/87/EN 5


In Ireland, collective bargaining is organised as a three-tier system, with a dominance of bargaining and complementary bargaining at sectoral and company level. For over two decades collective bargaining, covering the unionised private and public sectors, has been regulated by national tripartite ‘social partnership’ agreements, drawing up guidelines on minimum and maximum wage increases. There have been seven successive triennial Social Partnership Agreements, or national wage agreements, since 1987. The national agreements include provisions allowing deviation from the national agreed wages via agreements at company - or sector - level.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. M. van Klaveren (University of Amsterdam- Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Labour Studies)
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