Friday April 3, 2020

Social care company Extern in collective bargaining row

Extern recognises the trade union Nipsa for its staff in Northern Ireland, but has declined to recognise Unite for the purposes of collective bargaining

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
3rd April, 2018
Unite members marching during the crane drivers' strike last year. Union members at Extern are now seeking recognition. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Social care provider Extern has been taken to the Labour Court by workers looking to force it to recognise their union for collective bargaining purposes.

Extern recognises the trade union Nipsa for its staff in Northern Ireland, but has declined to recognise Unite for the purposes of collective bargaining in the Republic.

The company has 126 employees in Ireland, 60 per cent of whom are members of Unite, and the company is insisting that it...

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