Rising weekend Luas strike is mean-spirited
Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30
Although it should only be exercised as a final resort, when all other options for agreement have failed, the right to go on strike is an important hallmark of a democratic society.
That's not to say every strike is justified and, by any standards, the pay rise demands being made by Luas drivers are extremely high at 54pc.
The decision of the Siptu trade union to sanction a 48-hour strike during the Easter 1916 centenary commemorations is particularly mean-spirited.
Dublin city will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of the weekend.
The State Commemoration parade will be the biggest event to mark the centenary of the Rising.
The Reflecting the Rising event the following day will also form a part of our understanding of the Rising.
The commemoration events are specifically tailored to families and will result in the city centre streets being closed to traffic with the use of public transport essential.
The notion of holding a strike on this weekend is more than just creating an inconvenience. It is an impediment to the people of this country marking events of 100 years ago.