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Recalling the Celtic Tiger


Edited By Eamon Maher, Eugene O'Brien and Brian Lucey

This book looks at various effects, symptoms and consequences of the period in Irish culture known as the Celtic Tiger. It will trace the critical pathway from boom to bust – and up to the current beginnings of a similar, smaller boom – through events, personalities and products. The short entries offer a sense of the lived experience of this seismic period in contemporary Irish society.

While clearly not all aspects of the period could realistically be covered, the book does contain essential information about the central actors, events, themes, and economic trends, which are discussed in a readable and accessible manner. Each entry is linked to the overall Celtic Tiger phenomenon and its immediate aftermath.

The book also provides a comprehensive account of what happened in this period and will be a factual resource for anyone anxious to discover information on the areas most commonly connected to it. All entries are written by experts in the area. The contributors include broadcasters, economists, cultural theorists, sociologists, literary critics, journalists, politicians and writers, each of whom brings particular insights to some aspect of the Celtic Tiger.

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Trade Unions (Na Fu)


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Trade Unions

The needs of economic growth and development both nationally and globally during the Celtic Tiger period put a renewed emphasis on business performance and profit. The foundation for any organisation’s sustainable success is its people. Sometimes, the ultimate goals for employers and employees are different. Employers seek to maximise the use of resources to achieve high levels of productivity and performance. Employees aim to achieve high performance at work but equally important, work–life balance, satisfactory pay and working conditions. Trade unions are formed to represent and protect the interests of their members, that is, employees.

Trade unions represent employees and negotiate with employers for better pay and work conditions via collective bargaining. According to the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015, collective bargaining is defined as: ‘voluntary engagements or negotiations between any employer or employers’ organisations on the one hand and a trade union of workers or excepted body to which this Act applies from the other, with the object to reaching agreement regarding working conditions or terms of employment, or non-employment, of workers’. Collective bargaining was viewed as one of the most effective means to bring employee influence into organisational decision making. During the 1990s, in Ireland, trade unions represented employee interests and helped to enlarge employee voice and influence via the means of collective bargaining, as well as increasing productivity during the Celtic Tiger and reducing time lost to strikes. However, collective bargaining was criticised as it sometimes...

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