Saturday 22 October 2016

Unions will hold us all to ransom

Published 14/07/2009 | 00:00

It has been obvious for some time now that the unions have been positioning themselves to lead some sort of socialist grab for power.

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Their threat last week to create industrial unrest by way of strikes if public sector pay was reduced is typical of the failed dogma of the trade union movement.

The unions believe that taxing the private sector more on dwindling wage packets to protect the pay of public sector workers is actually a workable economic model.

Social Partnership should have been used to bring the productivity and wages of the public sector into line with the private sector.

Instead, it applied the failed public sector model of pay increases for the amazing ability to get older every year.

They blame the failures in Aer Lingus, SR Technics and Eircom on privatisation when the real problem with these companies was that they were not fully privatised in the first place, giving a 25pc shareholding in the company to the unions who proceeded to disrupt and hinder all the changes needed in order to compete in a free market economy.

The unions have a lot of power as they control all of our important public services. They will use this power to hold the country to ransom.

It is up to us to make sure they do not get their way or the whole country will end up in the same mess as the above-mentioned companies.

Martin Barnes
Co Leitrim

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