Monday 18 December 2017

Peace in election time, but at what cost to the public purse?

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin insisted the measures would 'secure a peaceful industrial relations environment until September 2018' – or past the election
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin insisted the measures would 'secure a peaceful industrial relations environment until September 2018' – or past the election
John Downing

John Downing

Before the sponsors made us call it something else, agreements on Lansdowne Road usually involved match tickets.

Now this son of Haddington Road, itself began in very tough times by Croke Park, becomes the new bible for public sector peace.

And, in an election year, the governing parties are prepared to pay a big price for functioning industrial relations in the 300,000-strong public sector. You cannot hope to win a general election if, for example, the fire brigade, the bin collectors, or the police are threatening to take to the barricades.

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