Sunday December 8, 2019

Ireland braced for a summer of discontent

With unrest in evidence from all sides, many feel that the country is set for a sustained period of industrial relations strife

10th April, 2016
Luas workers man a picket line during a strike at the Red Cow roundabout in Dublin Picture: PA

The increasingly intractable Luas strike is only the most visible of a range of disputes that have employers and employees at loggerheads. Teachers, nurses, emergency call centre staff, retail workers, low paid civil servants and many others are at various stages of disharmony with their employers, despite – or perhaps even because of – the improving economy.

CSO statistics suggest a hardening of attitudes: in 2011, in the depths of recession, there were just 3,695...

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