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Hard law, soft edge? Information, consultation and partnership.

doherty, michael (2008) Hard law, soft edge? Information, consultation and partnership. Employee Relations, 30 (6). pp. 608-622. ISSN 0142-5455

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to assess whether the transposition of the EU directive on informing and consulting employees is likely to enhance voice and participation rights of Irish employees. The paper assesses the reasons for the “voice gaps” the evidence suggests exist in Irish workplaces and analysing the implications of the legal changes brought in by the information and consultation legislation. The paper argues that the transposition of the EU Directive provided a unique opportunity to bolster voice mechanisms in Irish workplaces and “plug” some of the gaps identified in the literature. However, the paper argues this opportunity has been largely squandered, as a result of the Irish Government’s minimalist approach to “hard” regulation of information and consultation rights in the transposing legislation.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Employment regulation; information and consultation; employee rights; partnership; employment law
Subjects:Social Sciences > Law
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Emerald
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01425450810910019
Copyright Information:© 2008 Emerald
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17032
Deposited On:22 May 2012 10:24 by Michael Doherty. Last Modified 22 May 2012 10:24

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