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Why worker directors have had their day

Published 23/07/2003 | 00:11

IN response to SIPTU's one-hour work stoppage at airports last week, the Chief Executive of the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, Mr John Dunne, called on the Minister for Transport, Mr Seamus Brennan, to exclude worker directors from the new independent airport boards.

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Mr Dunne justified his call on the grounds that given the "blatant sectional interest" being demonstrated by SIPTU, that it is "legally unsafe to retain worker directors on airport boards."

Not only do I support Mr Dunne's call (but for somewhat different reasons), I would go further and ask ALL Government ministers not to appoint elected worker directors to State boards. My reasons for this are that elected worker directors have such an overwhelming conflict of interest, that it is difficult, if not impossible, for them to carry out their duties as directors.

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