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

20th November, 2016

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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