Ahern: bring back social partnership or prepare for chaos

"I’m still involved in conflict resolution, but it’s mainly outside of Ireland now.”

1st May, 2016
Bertie Ahern has called for a return to social partnership Bloomberg

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has warned that the country faces industrial relations chaos unless there is a return to social partnership.

As Charles Haughey’s minister for labour in the late 1980s, Ahern was credited with creating the original social partnership process. A similar ‘catch-all’ mechanism was again needed to resolve the growing number of disputes, he told this newspaper. “Maybe social partnership got too complex,” he said. “When the crash came, people said: ‘Ah, get...

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