Union blues

As redundancies mount, trade unions’ hackles are rising – but it is clear their position against the government is not as strong as they would like it to be, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor

15th August, 2009

The government is bracing itself for an autumn and winter of strife and discontent, as trade union members mobilise against public spending cuts, pressure on both public and private sector wages and cut-price redundancies by cash-strapped firms which are being forced to restructure or close altogether.

Hardly a week goes by without a union leader declaring social partnership dead, though the wistful note of many of these pronouncements suggests they are issued in the hope...

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