Sunday 4 December 2016

Brinkmanship by GRA holds public to ransom

Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

Retreating into a cave which has only one opening is always a dangerous manoeuvre, and this is especially true in industrial relations.

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Competing demands from public service unions have taken on a distinctly menacing tone: 'Give us what we want, or else'.

We saw this with the Luas and bus workers. Sadly, the gardaí are now lining up to withdraw their essential services, reflecting the same indifference to the consequences for the people who rely on them. Such action could seriously undermine confidence and trust that characterises a unique relationship with the public. No one wants to believe the gardaí are nonchalant regarding the grave consequences such action would have, but that is the perception in the hardening of positions.

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