Monday 18 December 2017

Passport row workers are just pawns in real battle

Low-paid office staff are being used to bolster unsustainable claims of O'Connor and McLoone, says Jody Corcoran

Like hundreds of others, I queued outside the Passport Office last week. Unlike many, I found it to be rather pleasant. The weather was nice, and a certain camaraderie had built up among us in the line: a them against us kind of thing. Of course, I am not travelling until June.

I tried to ring my friend, Blair Horan, to pass the time. But he didn't answer. Perhaps it was that he was too busy, what with his conference at Bernard McNamara's plush hotel in Galway this weekend.

I regularly meet Blair, the general secretary of the Civil, Public & Services Union (CPSU), whose industrial action led to the scenes of chaos outside and inside the passport office last week. He takes a pint in Doheny & Nesbitts. I bump into him in the smoking area, where he can be found reading that day's Financial Times.

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