Tuesday 17 October 2017

As if the bus strikes weren't enough - now union wants to spoil Christmas

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Ryan Tubridy on RTE's The Late Late Toy Show Picture: Andres Poveda
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It has been a busy time for unions in this country of late. The strikes were seen by many observers as just the first blow of a newly militant union approach towards industrial relations.

They were, in many ways, an expeditionary force sent out to see just how far they could push management and the Government - their customers, as is usually the case, were an afterthought to be mentioned only in terms of platitudes and vague expressions of regret.

We can now see the fruits of that particular tree with the bus strikes, which are simply repeating the same sabre rattling and the same blithe indifference to the trouble they are causing people who need the bus to go to work, school or shopping.

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