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Towards Flexible Workplace Governance: employment rights, dispute resolution and social partnership in the Irish Republic

Blue Paper Abstract

Workplace conflict is part and parcel of economic life. If disputes at work are not properly addressed, they can get out of hand with potentially far reaching adverse consequences for employers and employees. A well-designed system of workplace governance can ease this problem by creating procedures that settle disputes speedily and fairly. This paper argues that the dispute resolution system in the Republic of Ireland must adopt the principles of flexible workplace governance if it is to remain effective at solving disputes in the context of a rapidly changing economy and labour market. To diffuse the principles of flexible workplace governance, the institutions associated with dispute resolution in Ireland must address a number of challenges. The paper suggests a number of institutional innovations to promote modern high reliability conflict resolution arrangements. The paper concludes that the employment dispute resolution in the Republic of Ireland is well placed to address these challenges.

The paper was launched on Tuesday 3 May 2005 by Mr. Maurice Cashell, Chair, The Labour Relations Commission.

About the Author

Professor Teague was a Visiting Research Fellow at The Policy Institute during 2000 while on sabbatical from the School of Management and Economics, Queen's University Belfast where he holds the Martin Naughton Chair of Management. He has written widely on the theme of the employment relations consequences of deeper European integration. He has also written on social partnership and labour market performance.

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Last updated 27 November 2012 .