McGowan & ors v Labour Court Ireland & anor [2013] IESC 21

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    IESC 21
  • Legal Body
    Irish Supreme Court (IESC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Collective and Trade Union Issues
Issues covered: Registered Employment Agreement (REA); invalidity; unconstitutionality

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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This article is correct at 10/05/2013

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