Number of strike days down on last year
INDUSTRIAL peace has broken out with the number of days lost to strikes dropping dramatically since last year.
With higher unemployment and worsening economic conditions, workers appear to be more reluctant to down tools and mount pickets.
The latest figures show there was just one dispute in the third quarter of this year, which was at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre in Co Clare and involved 17 workers and led to 93 days being lost.
This compares with four disputes involving 158 workers that caused 1,222 days to be lost at the same time last year.
The downward trend may reflect a drop in union membership and a possible preference for other forms of industrial action, including work-to-rules, which do not mean losing pay.
It is also likely to reflect the fact that industrial action has been ruled out across the public sector under the Croke Park deal.
This agreement has been in force since last year and will continue until 2014.