McGowan & ors v Labour Court Ireland & anor  IESC 21Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceIESC 21
Legal BodyIrish Supreme Court (IESC)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionCollective and Trade Union Issues
The appellants (A) were electrical contractors who brought proceedings on the basis that wage rates for electricians in the industry were being enforced by the Labour Court, without prior negotiations between the parties.
The Irish Supreme Court ruled that the system for governing terms and conditions of employment in the electrical industry and other industries is unconstitutional. Industrywide collective agreements are much more recognized practice in Ireland in comparison to the UK. There are two primary systems in operation in Ireland at present- the Joint Labour Committee system, ruled unconstitutional by the High Court in 2011 and the Registered Employment Agreements, ruled
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