Post-crisis social dialogue and economic governance in Ireland.

International Labour Organisation

Despite the collapse of social partnership in Ireland, the institutional memory of previous negotiations has facilitated the emergence of three important public sector industrial relations agreements: Croke Park, Haddington Road and Lansdowne Road. These public sector agreements have facilitated the implementation of the Government’s fiscal adjustment programme and have promoted industrial peace. In this regard, centralized collective bargaining in the public sector has enabled rather than disabled the Government’s ability to adjust to new Eurozone constraints. Without these public sector agreements, it is highly questionable whether the Government could have implemented fiscal adjustment policies whilst retaining social peace.

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