Old-style social partnership could do the trick
So far the the government’s record on union pressure - apart from ASTI - is a series of cave-ins
The only thing worse than the threat of a Garda strike is the threat of an ESB strike.
But the last minority government did manage to hold the line at a time when ESB workers were pushing for a bigger pay rise.
The industry minister in that Fianna Fáil-led government was one Bertie Ahern and his position at a time of financial uncertainty in 1987 was clear. “If we back down, I’ll have no authority...
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