Sunday 17 December 2017

Why union blackmail must be faced down

The selfish, sneaky and reckless actions of the public sector unions show how out of touch they are, says Eamon Delaney

SATURDAY is the day when many children go to the public library. Here in Phibsboro, in north Dublin, it is a ritual to see children going to the library to return books and get new ones, eager to continue the learning process. Except on recent Saturdays, when they go home, disappointed, with the same books they've arrived with. Why? Because the libraries have been closed due to industrial action.

This is an example of the petty action of public servants and the sort of ordinary people it hurts: people at their most vulnerable -- children, dole recipients, passport applicants.

Worse still, now that the unions have got their way and the Government has resumed talks (about what? There is supposed to be no question of a reversal of the budget cuts), the unions still continue their industrial action. This must be a first: the continuing of industrial action while negotiations are actually going on. It also begs the question of what the Government is up to, haven't government deputies said quite rightly that they would stand firm on this selfish behaviour.

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