Friday 22 September 2017

Talks, not picket lines, best way to push a cause

ASTI members protest outside the Dáil last week following a vote on industrial action. Photo: Arthur Carron
ASTI members protest outside the Dáil last week following a vote on industrial action. Photo: Arthur Carron

The danger of industrial deadlock is that if you do not take an active hand in producing results, the results will produce themselves. That is why a small amount of give in both the Garda and teaching disputes could cause a dramatic shift. It is evident from both stand-offs that a more dynamic mechanism for social dialogue needs to be established.

Yesterday, it seemed that a little more reason and less rigidity was discernible. The ASTI appeared open to some compromise and there were indications that there might be some extra funding for gardaí. Both sides are intent on making their point forcefully; but it is in the interests of all concerned that the impact is contained and does not do long-term damage.

If there was more focus on the overall outcome as opposed to locking on to obstacles, then dramatic progress could be made. Energies on all sides need to be concentrated on finding remedies as opposed to finding fault. Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny appealed to the gardaí not to allow lines be blurred.

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