Antecedents of Concession Bargaining in the Great Recession: Evidence from Ireland

William K. Roche, Paul Teague

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Concession or ‘give back’ bargaining involves firms seeking changes in pay and conditions of employment from trade unions in return for pledges of enhanced job security and sometimes other forms of reciprocation. Several distinct modes of concession bargaining are distinguishable in the literature, and three modes of concession bargaining have been identified in Ireland during the Great Recession: integrative, distributive and minimal engagement. Deploying qualitatively informed quantitative data on the conduct of collective bargaining during the Great Recession, this article examines a series of antecedent influences on the choices firms make in conducting concession bargaining with unions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-445
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


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