The reform of Joint Labour Committees—the re-commodification of labour?


  • Colin Whitston

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    • Colin Whitston is Vice Dean in Undergraduate Studies, School of Business, National College of Ireland.


The reform of Joint Labour Committees in Ireland is analysed as a victory for neoliberalism within the shell of pluralist traditions in industrial relations: a floor of rights is transformed into an ‘iron ceiling’; worker voice is drastically reduced; reform is consistent with the re-commodification of labour within the EU.