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Fear factor sparked a desire for compromise

Many trade union members are more afraid of going on strike than they are of future pay cuts, writes Fearghal O'Connor.

25th May, 2013
Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the three-year increment freeze propopsed by his department has focused minds. Photo: Collins

Ahead of the original Croke Park II ballots, public servants argued they could not afford the cuts proposed. But that deal's rejection meant union strategists faced the unwelcome reality of industrial conflict and strike action, something which many of their members could afford even less.

That, as much as any thoughts of a better deal, was always likely to encourage officials back to the table in the mood for compromise, said trade union sources. Undoubtedly,...

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