1 – Irregular violations of rights
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The ITUC affiliate in Ireland is the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Ireland ratified Convention No. 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise (1948) in 1955 and Convention No. 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining (1949) in 1955.

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Football association refuses to engage in bargaining15-10-2021

Members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) employed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) publicly expressed deep dissatisfaction with the continued refusal of the organisation to engage with the union to resolve a number of industrial-relations issues. By mid-October 2021, the union had grown increasingly frustrated at the difficulties it was facing in negotiating terms and conditions.
The SIPTU sector organiser, Michelle Quinn, said: “Our members are now calling on the FAI to engage with SIPTU in a timely and meaningful manner. The FAI is in receipt of significant public funding, and it should recognise and utilise the states dispute resolution mechanisms, including the Workplace Relations Commission.”
Back in April, SIPTU had criticised the FAI for making unwarranted threats against a union representative who had spoken out about staff issues. The union wrote to FAI management to remind it of the Code of Practice on Victimisation.

Biopharmaceutical company refusing to engage in collective bargaining10-08-2021

Management at the biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie, in Carrigtwohill, County Cork, consistently refused to engage with representatives of the workers’ union, the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), for collective bargaining purposes.
This refusal persisted despite two recommendations by the Labour Court in 2017 and 2020 to engage with SIPTU representatives on behalf of their members “in relation to all matters associated with terms and conditions of employment including pay”.
SIPTU representatives wrote to management on a number of occasions outlining their members concerns in relation to its failure to fully implement the two Labour Court recommendations and engage in collective bargaining with the union. To the frustration of members, management still refused to respond to or engage with their union, either directly or indirectly.
Finally, at the beginning of August 2021, SIPTU members at the AbbVie plant commenced industrial action in the form of an overtime ban in the manufacturing process.
Two weeks later, no progress had been made, and the union announced they were considering escalating their action.
The union noted to their frustration that the company did engage with union representatives at its plant in Westport, County Mayo. In that plant, management reportedly had a good working relationship with SIPTU members and representatives.

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