Individual employment rights and the renewal of economic citizenship: lessons from the Rights Commissioners in Ireland

Deborah Hann, Paul Teague

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Abstract

Using a large-scale data set, this article considers the role and growing importance of the Rights Commissioners in Ireland. The Rights Commissioners’ service, which has no parallel in any other anglophone industrial relations system, provides an informal and accessible method for the resolution of disputes and the vindication of employment rights. In recent years, the number of cases handled by the Rights Commissioners has grown hugely. A close examination of the cases handled by the service suggests that the Rights Commissioners allow vulnerable workers to pursue cases of alleged breaches of employment rights. The service is seen as holding lessons for other economies in terms of developing a model of economic citizenship that has as a dimension the enforcement of employment rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-637
Number of pages15
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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