Sunday 23 April 2017

Workers' solidarity - it needs to cut both ways, comrades

Time somebody stepped in on the side of the travelling public who have nobody to champion their interests

'Right now, Bus Eireann cannot sign off on its accounts because it's a financial basket case.' (stock photo)
'Right now, Bus Eireann cannot sign off on its accounts because it's a financial basket case.' (stock photo)

Eilis O'Hanlon

Secondary picketing belongs back in the days of Wanderly Wagon, along with tie-dye shirts, lava lamps and Raleigh Choppers.

It's back on the streets nonetheless, thanks to what RTE News all last Friday continued to call "wildcat" strikes, though not a single person surely believes that these pickets, which stopped Dart, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services for hours on the busiest day of the week, were not organised by the unions, for all their protestations of surprise.

Colluding in this farce, by pretending that the decision to radically escalate the Bus Eireann dispute was taken "independently" by strikers, only adds insult to injury.

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