In 2014, more than 700 consultants filed a lawsuit against their employers – either the Health Service Executive (HSE), a hospital funded by the HSE, or an organization or agency funded by the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Public Expenditure and Reform which claim non-payment of remuneration and/or pension rights in accordance with the terms of their employment contract, the 2008 Counselling Contract. Company agreements can be tailored to the needs of specific companies. An agreement must put an employee in a better position than the corresponding reward(s) overall. With the exception of persons who carry out verification activities in accordance with the Verification Annex to the Convention, the special privileges and immunities accorded to the OPCW, its officials and delegates are not listed in the Convention. The Convention simply provides that these privileges and immunities are to be defined in agreements between the OPCW and the States parties concerned. The last sentence of article VIII, paragraph 50, implicitly implies that the draft such agreements are prepared by the PREPARATORY COMMISSION for the OPCW and that the Conference of the States Parties will consider and approve them at its first session. However, during the preparatory phase (1993-1997), no consensus could be reached on the text of these agreements. For example, contrary to United Nations practice, there is no comprehensive convention on the privileges and immunities of the OPCW. In order to ensure consistency in the provisions of the various agreements, the Secretariat has instead prepared a basic text in the six official languages of the OPCW on the basis of the draft submitted during the preparatory phase, which can serve as a basis for the bilateral negotiation of an agreement on privilege and immunity with each State party. Article VIII, paragraph 34 (a), of the Convention requires the Executive Council to conclude agreements or arrangements with States and international organizations on behalf of the OPCW, subject to the prior consent of the Conference of the States Parties. A copy of the 2008 consulting contract and a number of guides for managers on how to implement the contract can be found here. Read the text of the headquarters agreement (C-I/DEC.59 of 14 May 1997).

However, States parties that have not yet concluded an agreement on privileges and immunities are bound by article VIII, paragraphs 48, 49 and 51, of the Convention, which provide in principle for functional privileges and immunities for the OPCW, delegations, the Director-General and staff, as well as by all the privileges and immunities of the members of the inspection teams referred to in part II (B) of the verification annex. In the absence of an agreement on privileges and immunities or specific legal provisions, and depending on the legal system, the organs or courts of a Contracting State may be required to interpret those provisions and to decide which privileges and immunities are necessary for the work of the OPCW in question. .