The National Union of Journalists has welcomed the decision of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to challenge Ireland's failure to treat freelance workers in accordance with the rights enshrined in the organisation's convention.

Following a complaint by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) the Irish government faces questions at the ILO assembly in Geneva about the treatment of freelance workers, who are denied the right to be collectively represented by unions as a result of the actions of the former Competition Authority in Ireland.

The complaint was lodged with the support of the NUJ and sister union SIPTU.

In a separate, significant development in Dáil Éireann on Wednesday night, the parliament unanimously backed a Labour motion requiring the new minority government to bring forward a suite of  labour law reforms, including legislation to restore collective bargaining right for freelance workers.

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