The Fórsa public services trade union has published a new report to support its call on the government to “harness the productive power of sectoral bargaining” which it argues will improve wage levels and pay equality. The report puts Ireland near the bottom of the scale on worker representation and participation in economic decision-making and argues that collective bargaining can deliver benefits to both workers and employers, while underpinning better outcomes for society and the economy as a whole. The report would contribute to the work of the high-level working group which is examining how collective bargaining could be developed in ways consistent with competitiveness and it looks at how other countries in Europe have found ways to increase bargaining coverage, through state support for trade unions and the bargaining process.
Union report highlights benefits of collective bargaining
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