Michael asks "I fear it may be stipulated in my contract with my employer that membership of a union is prohibited. Can you advise if this is legal?"
Hi Michael, This is indeed unlawful. You have a right set down in the constitution of Ireland to join and to be a member of a trade union, regardless of what is written in your contract of employment.
You are welcome to join FSU here. We can provide you with support, advice and representation. If you are being victimised for union membership, you can make a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission.