Rejection of challenge to workplace disputes system will be relief to many – The Irish Times

Trade unions, employers and various statutory bodies will be relieved by news that the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a test-case challenge that the State’s system for resolving workplace disputes is unconstitutional.

Tomasz Zalewski, who took an unfair dismissals claim after losing his job as a supervisor at Costcutter on Dublin’s North Strand, argued that Part V of the Workplace Relations Act, 2015 was contrary to the Constitution.

His lawyers said that when the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruled on staff-employer disputes, it was administering justice, a role Article 34 of the Constitution reserved for courts and judges. A four-to-three majority of the seven-judge Supreme Court rejected this.

One lawyer, who was still digesting the 100-page majority ruling late on Tuesday, said it was hard to know what the precise consequences for the WRC would have been had Mr Zalewski succeeded.

However, he suggested it could have had far-reaching

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