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Industrial Relations

The Labour Court provides an industrial relations service to consider disputes that parties have been unable to resolve themselves or with the assistance of the Workplace Relations Commission. Such disputes can be referred to the Court for an ‘opinion’ in the form of a Recommendation of the Court which is not binding on the parties.

 The Labour Court:

Ainvestigates trade disputes under the Industrial Relations Acts, 1946 to 2015
Binvestigates, at the request of the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, trade disputes affecting the public interest, or conduct an enquiry into a trade dispute of special importance and report on its findings
Chears appeals of Adjudication Officer’s recommendations/decisions made under the Industrial Relations Acts
Destablishes Joint Labour Committees and decide on questions concerning their operation
Eregisters Joint Industrial Councils
Finvestigates complaints of breaches of codes of practice made under the Industrial Relations Act, 1990 (following consideration of the complaint by the Workplace Relations Commission)
Ggives its opinion as to the interpretation of a code of practice made under the Industrial Relations Act, 1990
Hinvestigates disputes (where negotiating arrangements are not in place) under the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act, 2001 as amended by the Industrial Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004 and the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015
Iregisters employment agreements
Jexamines the terms and conditions of employment in a sector pursuant to Section 14 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015
Kgrants exemptions from the obligation to pay the remuneration that would otherwise be payable under a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) pursuant to Section 21 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015

Part IV of the Labour Court Rules 2022 relate to the procedures to be used in Industrial Relations cases referred to the Court.

For further information please see the Labour Court User's Guide which should be read in conjunction with the Labour Court Rules 2022

An appeal of an Adjudication Officer's Recommendation under s13(9) Industrial Relations Act 1969 may be made to the Labour Court using the Section 13(9) Appeal Form.  (Word Version) Please see guidance notes here for further information on the use of this form.