Industrial Relations And Employment Services

The Industrial Relations and Employment Services Department implements the policies and directions set out by the CIF’s Industrial Relations sub-Committee. It provides information, advice and support to contractors on managing their workforce to ensure compliance with employment protective legislation. There are over 30 pieces of employment protective legislation which employers must be aware of in order to avoid costly claims. These include:

  • The Terms of Employment (Information) Act
  • Unfair Dismissals Acts
  • Redundancy Payments Acts
  • Organisation of Working Time Act
  • Industrial Relations Acts
  • Equality Acts
  • Minimum Notice & Terms of Employment Acts
  • Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act
  • Parental Leave Acts

Should a claim arise under the above Acts, or any other employment protective Act, the Industrial Relations and Employment Services Department will represent members at the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court, free of charge. The cost of accessing these and other CIF services and supports externally would far exceed the cost of CIF membership, and the CIF’s success rate reflects its industry knowledge and know how.

The Department also provides construction specific guidance and support to ensure compliance with legislation.

Industrial Relations

With ever-increasing employment and industrial relations legislation, companies must keep fully up to date and ensure that all legislative requirements are applied correctly. The consequence of not complying can be expensive and damaging.

The CIF’s Industrial Relations and  Employment Services Department offers a service which is based on first hand experience and knowledge of the construction industry, which is unrivalled by any commercial organisation. Companies save substantially by availing of this expertise, which is free to members.

Human Resource Management

The CIF is uniquely positioned to advise construction companies on their Human Resource Management requirements. Your people are your most valuable resource. It is through people that companies grow and develop a competitive edge. However, this resource must be managed correctly. The CIF knows how the industry works and offers its members practical advice on how to manage and optimise their human resources. This comprehensive service is available to all members.


Training is also provided on employment/industrial relations legislation and human resource management.


The CIF Industrial Relations & Employment Services Department provides information, advice and support on a range of issues, including:

  • Guide to Employment Conditions in Construction
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Employment and Industrial Relations Updates
  • Up-to-date Information on New Legislation and Policies
  • Contracts of Employment – construction specific
  • Advice on Temporary Lay-offs and Redundancies
  • Negotiations with Trade Unions – the CIF will directly represent you in negotiations with Trade Unions

Policies and Procedures are available on a range of issues including:

  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Disciplinary Procedures
  • Grievance Handling
  • Data Protection
  • E-mail use


Representation is provided for CIF Members at meetings with trade unions/employee representatives, the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

Members requiring assistance relating to the above services can contact any member of the Department for further information.

Key Contacts

Jean Winters

Jean Winters – Director, Industrial Relations and Employment Services

Jean and her team provide information and advice to contractors on managing their workforce to ensure compliance with employment protective legislation.

The Department also represents contractors at third party hearings, including the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

Jean represents the industry at national level on the NJIC and ENJIC. The Department also provides sample contracts of employment, staff handbooks (which include all relevant policies and procedures) and reference guides.

Michelle Tully – Industrial Relations & Employment Services Executive

Michelle joined the CIF in 2022 coming from a HR background with extensive industry experience. Michelle obtained a BA (Hons) in HRM from NCI , as well a holding a CIPD Certificate in Employment Law. Most recently, Michelle completed an Advance Diploma in Quasi-Judicial Decision Making in the Honourable Society of King’s Inns.  Michelle advises CIF members on all IR and HR issues, including best practice, keeps them abreast of current employment legislation changes & represents members in third party disputes.

01 406 6022

Cathy Gurry – Administrator

Cathy joined the CIF in 2003 and over the following years, Cathy worked in the Industrial Relations and Manpower Department giving advice to members regarding Employment Law and HR issues. More recently in addition to advising members in Employment Law, Cathy now offers full-time support to the Housing Director, in an administrative role.

01 4066008