The Mixed Fortunes of Irish Unions: Living with the Paradoxes of Social Partnership

James Donaghey, Paul Teague

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Abstract

We assess the fortunes of Irish unions since 1980 and, in particular, focus on the period of national social partnership since 1987. We argue that, structurally, unions have been weakened by a sharp decline in union density levels. In addition, labor law reform has not been as permissive as unions desired. However, on the other hand, we highlight that union membership in Ireland has never been higher and unions exert a strong influence over many areas of government policy. In conclusion, we argue that continuing with social partnership is the most viable option for Irish unions, though significant gains in union power are unlikely to happen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-41
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Labor Research
Volume28 (1)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy and Management

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