Thursday October 22, 2020

Unions fight to hold membership

Opposition from employers is a significant factor in the decline of private sector union representation, writes Tim Hastings.

29th November, 2008

Opposition from employers is a significant factor in the decline of private sector union representation, writes Tim Hastings.

Trade unions in Ireland represent, at most, 39 per cent of employees at work, according to a new book on the challenges facing organised labour.

According to Professor Bill Roche of the Smurfit Business School in UCD, this means that unions have fallen back to a density level they first achieved in the late 1940s. The new statistics...

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