Ireland’s first social partnership deal in 1987 brought about a new phase in industrial relations. RTÉ News reports on the Programme for National Recovery.

A new phase in Irish industrial relations began in 1987 with the negotiation of the first social partnership deal between the government, trade unions, farmers and employers.  Led by Taoiseach Charles Haughey, the Programme for National Recovery was an adaptation of the European social dialogue process and agreed modest pay increases and tax cuts for workers over the next three years. Social partnership proved to be a success, resulting in less strikes in the years that followed.

RTÉ News reports on the press conference held to announce the deal, which Haughey regards as “a major achievement for the nation”.