SIPTU has stated that new measures contained in the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was passed in the Dail this afternoon (Thursday, 16th July), will strengthen the rights of workers in Ireland. SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor said: “The new legislation will strengthen the ability of workers to achieve collectively bargained norms in terms and conditions of employment for their sector. They will be able to exercise this right even in circumstances where an employer refuses to recognise or engage with their trade union.”He added: “The legislation also re-introduces provisions by which unions and employers can conclude Registered Employment Agreements in individual enterprises. It also introduces an ability for unions to negotiate Sectoral Employment Orders which allow for the legal enforcement of standards in terms of pay and pension and sick pay provisions throughout an industry.”"This legislation provides clear and balanced mechanisms to deal with specific industrial relations issues. As such it will benefit workers."