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Title: International Agencies Conference Cape Town, South Africa October 2008


1
International Agencies ConferenceCape Town,
South Africa October 2008
  • Northern Ireland Presentation by
  • Bill Patterson
  • Chief Executive
  • Labour Relations Agency

2
Background to Northern Ireland Labour Market
  • NI Population 1.7m
  • Economically active - 783,000
  • Economically inactive - 538,000
  • Activity rate - 72.6 (NI) 78.9 (UK)
  • Unemployment - 4.5 (NI) - 5.2 (UK)
  • Self employed - 16
  • Public sector 235,000 employees (32)
  • Private sector - 514,000 employees
  • Micro/small business gt50 205,000 employees
  • Employees 57.2 in micro/small firms

3
The State of Dispute Resolution
  • Northern Ireland Assembly
  • Government review of Dispute Resolution
  • Pre-consultation completed April 2008
  • Formal consultation period January-March 2009
  • Revised legislation expected 2009-2010

4
The State of Dispute ResolutionCurrent Issues
(1)
  • Repeal the statutory three steps process
  • Abolish fixed periods for conciliation
  • Introduce short LRA Code of Practice
  • Introduce comprehensive LRA Guidelines
  • Expand LRA Statutory Arbitration to all relevant
    jurisdictions
  • Introduce appeal to LRA statutory arbitration to
    an EAT or the Court of Appeal

5
The State of Dispute ResolutionCurrent Issues (2)
  • Expand LRA dispute resolution services to a full
    menu of mediation processes
  • Provide the LRA with statutory protection for
    staff delivered mediation techniques
  • Increased resources for LRA enquiry point
  • Simplify tribunal claim and response forms
  • Address multiple claimant cases
  • Encourage active case management by tribunals

6
Collective Bargaining Trends (1)
  • Overall NI trade union density 35-40 (UK 25-30)
  • Public sector high trade union density 60-70
  • Private sector low trade union density 20-25
    NI
  • Manufacturing 50 of collective conciliation
    cases
  • Retail up to 10 of collective conciliation
    cases
  • Transport up to 5 of collective conciliation
    cases
  • Average 25 of cases relate to conditions of
    employment
  • Average 25 of cases relate to general pay claims
  • Average 10 of cases relate to trade union
    recognition disputes
  • Average 40 are miscellaneous

7
Collective Bargaining Trends (2)
  • Review of Public Administration major
    restructuring of the public sector in Northern
    Ireland
  • Public sector pay
  • Equal Pay
  • Flexible Working
  • Pensions
  • Burden of regulation on small firms
  • NI/ROI land border variance in implementation
    of European Directives

8
Effects of the Global Economic Downturn (1)
  • NI least affected region in the UK so far
  • NI starting from extremely low base
    economically and socially
  • Housing market collapse - NI house prices dropped
    by 30 2007-08
  • Increase in enquiry point redundancy calls
  • Redundancies estate agents and solicitors

9
Effects of the Global Economic Downturn (2)
  • Confidence in pensions reduced
  • Consumer confidence low
  • Social housing programme offsetting private
    collapse
  • Local retail cross border shopping
  • Manufacturing output increased by 3 2007-08
  • Manufacturing productivity growth higher by 2.1
    2007-08

10
Impact of the Changing Nature of Work
  • NI skills gap - for high level jobs
  • Net out migration of indigenous young people
  • Expansion of ICT and financial services jobs
  • Need for higher qualifications/skills
  • Generating high number of low level jobs
  • Net in migration from Europe covering low level
    jobs
  • Flexible working and impact on small firms
  • 50 of jobs occupied by women (26 full time and
    24 part time)
  • Changing expectations of working life from
    emerging generation
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