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Industrial relations

The purpose of the Industrial Relations Act, 1990 was to reform the framework used to promote harmonious industrial relations between employers and workers in Ireland.


  • It aims to provide a structure for industrial action by setting out rules for picketing, ballots and injunctions which can prevent industrial action from taking place.
  • A Code of Practice on Victimisation exists which aims to prevent the victimisation of employees due to their membership or non-membership of a trade union and other related activity. It also covers the procedure for investigations into trade disputes by the Labour Court