Friday February 21, 2020

State of the union: a striking lack of people power

Could the gig economy kill off trade unions? Tom Healy of the Nevin Institute thinks it’s a possibility

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

@danieltmurray
28th April, 2019
Tom Healy, director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute: ‘The right to collective bargaining is not going to be on the political agenda any time soon’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Trade union membership in the Republic of Ireland has declined steadily since the early 1990s. If you are currently an employee in Ireland, there is just a 25 per cent chance that you are part of a trade union.

There are few who understand the implications of this decline on our economy and society better than Tom Healy, director of the trade union-backed think tank the Nevin Economic and Research Institute (Neri). Healy’s new book, An...

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