Friday May 29, 2020

Begg to differ?

David Begg's attack on the troika in his speech to the Labour conference does not necessarily mean that Ictu will tell its members to vote No to the EU treaty, writes Pat Leahy.

21st April, 2012
A decision by Ictu to stay neutral, or to recommend a No vote to the fiscal treaty referendum, would be a huge blow to the Yes campaign. Photo: Photocall

With last week's Irish Times opinion poll showing definitively that the fiscal treaty referendum is loseable, anxiety levels in government, and around the EU, have rocketed.

The executive council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) will meet this week to decide its position on the referendum. Individual trade unions such as Unite (strongly against) and Siptu (for, if the government meets its spending demands) have already taken their own positions.

But the voice...

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