Thursday 19 January 2017

Law and order must be preserved above all

Published 29/09/2016 | 02:30

The picket line at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins
The picket line at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins

Walking off the job should be a last resort for any profession. It illustrates a failure of workers and management to resolve whatever disagreement about employment terms is in dispute.

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The industrial relations machinery of the State is substantial and thorough. It affords ample opportunity for both sides to thrash out their difficulties in a mediated environment, allowing for every possible resolution.

In recent times, the strike has returned as a regular phenomenon, which is a throwback to the bad old days.

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