Wednesday 18 January 2017

Unions crucial to our human rights

Published 01/02/2011 | 05:00

The call from two recent contributors, Ray Behan (Letters, January 24), and E O'Neill (Letters, January 28), for trade unions to be reformed or abolished is not so much scraping the bottom of the barrel as underneath it.

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Organised labour in Ireland has benefited workers since the formation of the trade unions to the present time. Larkin and Connolly stood firm against the William Martin Murphys of the time and got the working class up off its knees.

The right to collective organisation is not a privilege bes-towed on workers at the discretion of government, boardroom, or letter writers to the Irish Independent, but a human right.

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