Simple fact is unions not blameless for mess we're in
Published 19/02/2011 | 05:00
Seamus Dooley (Letters, February 18) suggests that trade unions cannot be "lumped in with those responsible for wrecking the Irish economy".
While neither Fine Gael nor I have declared war on trade unions, as he claims, we have consistently pointed to the role of senior trade union officials in the sort of cosy deals which characterised social partnership in this country over the past fourteen years.
Decisions to increase pay and conditions for workers (particularly higher paid employees) in public sector positions, while failing to deliver the efficiencies and value for money which they committed to, has undoubtedly contributed in a major way to the massive deficit which now faces our country.