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Collective redundancies (Directive 98/59/EC)

The two main objectives for the adoption of the Directive were to approximate Member States’ legislation concerning the practical arrangements and procedures for such redundancies and to afford greater protection to workers in the event of collective redundancies.

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Employer’s insolvency (Directive 80/987/EEC)

The objective of this directive is to guarantee payment of outstanding claims to employees in the event of their employer’s insolvency. The Directive applies to employees’ claims arising from contracts of employment or work relations and existing against employers who are in a state of insolvency within the meaning of the Directive. Member States may, by way of exception, exclude claims by certain categories of employee.

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Workers' participation at board level in the EU-15 countries - Reports on the national systems and practices

The 15 country reports included in this electronic publication are a valuable source of information on the different existing systems of board-level participation within the EU-15 countries. They have been prepared by national experts within the project “Prospects for participation and co-determination under the European Company Statute”.

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Worker board-level representation in the new EU Member States - Country reports on the national systems and practices

This publication presents a number of short reports on the national systems and practices of worker board-level representation in the ten new member states. Each report is divided into two parts: a description of the legislative background is followed by a practitioner report written by a worker board member in the respective country.

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European Company (SE) / European Cooperative Society (SCE)

European Company (SE)

European Cooperative Society (SCE)

Will there be new negotiations in the case of structural changes?

Trade Unions

Just under a third of employees in Ireland are union members. There is only one union confederation, the ICTU, but individual unions, in particular the larger ones, have considerable power and influence.

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What is a merger within the meaning of the directive? (Art. 2 II)

Workplace Representation

There is no statutory system for permanent employee representation in Ireland. Those who work in unionised workplaces – about half the total – have representation though the union. New procedures have been introduced as a result of the EU directive on information and consultation, but they may not make much difference.

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