Unions expected to pay for sins of others
Published 20/04/2010 | 05:00
I cannot understand how some trade unions, including my own, SIPTU, expect their members to accept the public-service deal when bankers are still being given massive pay increases and even more massive pension pot top-ups; when the likes of Michael Fingleton are walking away with massive bonuses;
when Sean FitzPatrick can still live the high life; when developers can sign their several houses in Ireland over to their spouses to avoid them being seized to pay their debts; when landlords are still allowed tax breaks; when rich people are still not paying their fair share of tax; when developers can leave the country for their boltholes abroad without the Government rushing through legislation to stop them leaving until they pay a large contribution to the public purse from the wealth they made as a result of political connections, developer-friendly planning laws, tax breaks and low personal tax.
Why do these trade unions expect their members to support this deal when Mary Harney has dismissed, out of hand, the proposal for a universal, comprehensive healthcare system, free at the point of use, something that research shows the public wants, whilst she supports private hospitals being built on public land?