Monday 20 February 2017

Kieran Mulvey: Workplace chaos looms unless cool heads prevail

Kieran Mulvey

Published 19/03/2016 | 02:30

Commuters walking into town along the Luas tracks at Ranelagh after the strike halted services on February 18. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Commuters walking into town along the Luas tracks at Ranelagh after the strike halted services on February 18. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Ireland by international comparison has had a sustained period of industrial peace. This is imperative if we are to manage successfully our economic recovery. Over the last seven years Ireland has maintained a strong system of voluntary industrial relations with respected statutory dispute resolution bodies.

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Recent events require all of us to ensure that we do not jettison established procedures and understandings for the proper conduct of industrial relations.

I have been in this business in different roles for the last 40 years and on more than one occasion recently I have felt I am back in the 1970s and 1980s.

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