Trade union chiefs protest too much
Trade unions leaders stretch credibility with their defence of social partnership (December 15).
The National Social and Economic Council (NESC) has five trade union leaders among the 30-member council. Recently, NESC stated that that "in the past decade, Ireland's approach to fiscal policy, prices, costs and financial regulation was not sufficiently adapted to the disciplines of a single currency".
In this one sentence, the policy makers of social partnership (employers, trade unions, senior civil servants, agricultural, community and environmental groups) admitted that they did not opt for Berlin.