Opinion Analysis

Friday 22 September 2017

Unions show nerve for a fight as focus now shifts to Cowen

Anne-Marie Walsh

UNTIL now, the public sector campaign against the €1bn Budget pay cut had moved at a snail's pace.

All that changed dramatically yesterday when unions announced that their go-slow industrial action would accelerate into very real strike action.

Many seasoned observers did not think the union leaders would do it. With few Arthur Scargills among the ranks of the mostly moderate public sector union leadership, there appeared to be little will to push industrial action any further.

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