Trade unions rally in call for stronger workers’ rights

A group of four unions have claimed that Ireland has ‘weakest workers’ protections in western Europe’

Members of the Alphabet Workers Union hold a rally outside a Google office in New York in February. Irish unions have called for stronger protections for workers seeking to unionise here. Picture: Getty

Ireland has the “weakest workers’ protections in western Europe”, a group of trade unions has said, at the launch of a new campaign calling for legislation to prohibit discrimination against workers who organise collectively.

The Financial Services Union, Communications Workers’ Union, Siptu and Mandate have jointly submitted a new set of demands on the government to strengthen workers’ rights when it comes to collective bargaining and union activity.

They want the government to implement laws ...