Opinion Comment

Monday 1 May 2017

Kieran Mulvey: Workplace chaos looms unless cool heads prevail

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

Kieran Mulvey

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.

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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