Is this the end of social partnership?

Prospects for a deal are poor, since boom-time concessions are no longer available to the government

2nd May, 2009

The death knell was sounded for the social partnership model so cherished by Fianna Fáil-led governments with the collapse of the talks on national recovery at Government Buildings this weekend.

Barring an extraordinary concession from government, all sides are preparing to concede defeat in their attempt to reach consensus. Employers, unions and government will be taking stock over the weekend, and the government will outline its position this week.

But this week’s meetings...

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