Employees owe much to unions
Sir -- Shane Ross (Sunday Independent, February 20, 2011), should remember that when he talks of "the bearded ones" he talks of the public voice of many workers in this country -- including the NUJ.
His memory is very short, or perhaps selectively so. The unions were formed to protect the rights of workers against the interests of self-serving owners who had no regard for their employees' conditions or safety. They achieved that aim, and all of us who enjoy decent rights as employees today owe that to the union movement (whether we work in a unionised environment or not).
Union means no more than people standing together to pursue a common goal while protecting against intimidation of the individual: strength in numbers.