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State of the unions: are they in terminal decline?

Members believe union leaders have allowed their power to dissipate

29th November, 2015
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Members of the Unite protest outside Irish Life Pic: Feargal Ward

It was after 3am when the row kicked off. A rail stoppage, due to begin in three hours, had just been called off. Thousands of commuters would now not face a second week of travel disruption. Yet, in the lobby of the Workplace Relations Commission in Dublin on Friday, November 6, a blazing row erupted anyway.

Irish Rail executives and representatives of both Siptu and the National Bus & Rail Union (NBRU) were milling around. Suddenly,...

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