Rough waters ahead if partnership sinks

With the stalling of social partnership talks yet again, the risk is that they will be suspended permanently, writes John O’Dowd

8th August, 2009

Industrial relations are entering choppy waters, with the apparent demise of social partnership and the outbreak of industrial disputes on a scale not seen for some years.

As the labour market is painfully adjusting to economic recession, the social partnership talks are stalled yet again. Failure to resuscitate a deal on this occasion could mean the permanent suspension of the process. In this context, both unions and employers are beginning to flex their muscles on...

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