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Sunday 26 March 2017

Shane Ross: Two dinosaurs together in the death throes

Yesterday’s Men: From left, Jack O’Connor of Siptu and Danny McCoy of Ibec. Photos: Frank McGrath/Gary O’Neill
Yesterday’s Men: From left, Jack O’Connor of Siptu and Danny McCoy of Ibec. Photos: Frank McGrath/Gary O’Neill
Calling Time on SIPTU: Jack O'Connor. Photo: Frank McGrath
Falling Membership: Danny McCoy of IBEC

Shane Ross

FANCY a bit of coffin dancing? Two of the most conservative forces in Ireland are tottering at the edge.

I shed few tears for the decline of Ireland's biggest trade union, Siptu – but the covert pleasure at its impotence compares nothing with the joy that thunders through my veins when I sense the mortal, self-inflicted wounds being endured by its rival, employers' group Ibec.

Both Siptu and Ibec released annual accounts at the beginning of June. They make wonderful reading. Both former social partners are busted flushes.

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