Friday 9 December 2016

Rising weekend Luas strike is mean-spirited

Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30

'The decision of the Siptu trade union to sanction a 48-hour strike during the Easter 1916 centenary commemorations is particularly mean-spirited.' Photo: Caroline Quinn
'The decision of the Siptu trade union to sanction a 48-hour strike during the Easter 1916 centenary commemorations is particularly mean-spirited.' Photo: Caroline Quinn

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.

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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.

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