Recession victims fall prey to union action
One victim of the public sector dispute explained her plight to Jerome Reilly, who outlines how the industrial action will hit others in the weeks ahead
IN ONE public sector office, they have taken to wrapping a heavy elastic band tightly around their phone receiver and handset so workers can't inadvertently answer when it rings during their work stoppages.
There is no definitive list of when and where public sector workers will down tools, according to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Decisions about the time and location of actions are taken "locally", according to Congress. And the unspoken subtext is that actions with no advance notice cause maximum inconvenience and so are more effective.