Shane Ross: SFA no small-firm saviour
SHOULD small business take to the streets? As public service unions gear up to damage the economy, small business — the backbone of Ireland — is being bled dry by the banks.
Credit is dead. Healthy outfits are being driven to the wall by the bucketful. Public servants have trade unions to bellyache for them. Small businesses have the seats of their pants, brass neck and hot sweat. Their oxygen is credit. But the oxygen ran out on September 30, 2008.
The big banks have absconded with the supplies of oxygen. They want to keep all the loot for themselves. Never mind, while the unions have Jack O'Connor, David Begg and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, small business has Patricia Callan and the Small Firms Association (SFA) to carry the cudgel.