The end of the affair

While the unions still have their mandate for action, the government seems set to pursue its own route to recovery

5th December, 2009

The government’s move to pull the rug out from under talks with the public sector unions last Friday was driven as much by politics as it was by economic rationale.

Backbenchers were showing defiance, and word had filtered through to the negotiators last Thursday night that the Taoiseach would face serious difficulties mustering the numbers needed to pass the budget if the unpaid leave deal was sanctioned.

But whether the collapse of the...

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