Industrial Relations

Industrial Court - Northern ireland -

The Industrial Court is a tribunal non-departmental public body in Northern Ireland with statutory powers. It was originally set up in 1919 to provide arbitration in industrial disputes, however its main function is now to adjudicate on applications relating to statutory recognition and derecognition of trade unions for collective bargaining purposes, where this cannot be agreed voluntarily. It also has a statutory power in relation to determining disputes between trade unions and employers over the disclosure of information for collective bargaining purposes. In addition, it has responsibility for dealing with complaints under a range of legislation deriving from European Directives, which provide employees with information and consultation rights at national and European level.

National Employment Rights Authority -

The National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) was established on an interim basis by the Government in February 2007 on foot of a commitment in the social partnership agreement, Towards 2016. NERA was established on a statutory basis in 2008.

NERA aims to secure compliance with employment rights legislation and to foster a culture of compliance in Ireland through five main functions:

  • Information
  • Inspection
  • Enforcement
  • Prosecution
  • Protection of Young Persons

NERA is located at Government Buildings,O'Brien Road, Carlow, Ireland. Tel: (059) 917 8990. Locall: 1890 80 80 90. Email: [email protected]