Sunday 11 December 2016

You wanted the Irish to protest? Well, this is what it looks like: Strike-land

The Dublin Bus strike hasn't won much sympathy from the media. Sarah Carey is glad someone has the power and leverage to fight back

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

The picket line at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins
The picket line at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins

Before I get to the maths of public transport, let me reflect on human nature. Most of us form opinions based on emotion rather than reason and then seek out those facts that comfort us best. When I found myself shouting "Up The Workers!" at my bus-driver neighbour on his way to the picket, I knew why I was cheering.

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When I turned on the radio and heard journalists, print or broadcast, implicitly and explicitly judge the strikers, I knew what was going on there, too.

Media is a disaster for those who work in it right now. For "freelance"; read "zero-hours contractor". For "self-employed"; see "services contractor". Many of us have no sick pay, no holiday pay, no rights and no guarantee of a job next week, never mind next year.

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