The IRF is one of a number of trade unions that have been critical of the government’s strike action plans, arguing that the measures do not go far enough in tackling the threat posed by the globalisation of the Irish economy.
IRF president Michael Lowry has said that the government is not moving fast enough to tackle the threat from the Irish banking system.
However, he has also highlighted the need for further measures to ensure that people who are unable to afford to take part in strike action have a say in the outcome of the discussions and the outcome in which the strike action will take place.
The main concerns that Lowry has voiced are the imposition of retrospective measures on strikes in the context of a financial crisis, the possibility of the imposition on workers of mandatory redundancies, the risk of financial damage to firms and the impact on workers.
The union’s trade union blacklist has also drawn the ire of the Government.
The blacklist is a list of organisations and organisations that the Irish Government believes are at risk of being excluded from future strikes and/or that it believes are actively promoting or promoting the actions of trade union organisations.
The list includes some of the most well-known trade union bodies in the country including the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Irish Workers’ Union (IFA), the National Trade Union Congress (NUTUC) and the Trades Union Congress of Ireland (TUCI).
The blacklist includes companies that have a significant presence in the Irish labour market, such as the Irish National Bank (INB), the largest private employer in the United Kingdom.
However the blacklist also includes some major firms which are not listed on the IRF’s website.
The Irish government has repeatedly argued that the list of ‘foreign and overseas organisations’ does not include the IRFs most prominent trade union body, the IFA.
The government has previously cited the blacklist to argue that there are other organisations and groups within the IB and IFA which are at greater risk of strike disruption.
However there is no evidence to support this assertion.
The list is currently being maintained by the Government’s Trade Union Action Centre (TAC), a group of experts that work to address labour issues through an informal and informal consultation process.
The TAC has been criticised by the union for its approach to the blacklist.
According to Lowry, the blacklist does not address the risk posed by multinationals operating in Ireland, the threat to the Irish public from globalisation and the threat that they pose to workers.
“The blacklisting is not a reflection of what’s happening in the world but rather a reflection on what’s already happening in Ireland and what the Government is trying to do,” Lowry said.
The TAC have stated that the blacklist is not an attack on the IB or the TUC but rather an attempt to limit the number of union members that can take part at any given time.
The blacklist is based on a list compiled by the TAC, which includes the names of all of the companies in the IB, the TUCC and the IF.
“In the event of an IB strike, there will be no trade union representative who will have the power to strike for them, the government has no power to declare the IB an unlawful union, the IB will be given an automatic recall to the Trade Union Act which means they can strike for a year, and in the event the IB strike does take place the TFA will be the only organisation that can intervene to stop the strike,” Lowry added.
“These measures are designed to limit strike action and to ensure the safety of the workforce.
We are not trying to create an environment of fear or create a climate of insecurity, the people that work for the IB are our family, friends and neighbours.
We will be protected by the State, and we will have an avenue of redress if the government goes ahead with the proposals to strike.”
Lowry added that the IRFI has a long history of engaging with the Government about its trade union issues and has no reason to believe that the Government was deliberately trying to hide the fact that it is planning to strike.
“This is a tactic of trying to get a result.
It’s a tactic that has been employed for a long time by the governments of other countries,” Lowry concluded.
The IRF have previously spoken out against the Government for its policies on labour rights.
In 2016, the IRFU called on the Government to hold a referendum on the introduction of a public service pay cap, which would have seen public servants pay less to the public sector, which was seen as a major increase in the amount that they would be entitled to in retirement.