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Bosses, unions and the state must unite again to drive recovery


After the economic crisis of 2008, the 'social partnership' was cast as one of the villains of the drama of Irish bubble and bust. However, partnership in various forms remains common across Europe's most successful economies and can play a key role in building a sustainable recovery here.

Formal partnership arrangements fell apart in the crisis, although in practice many concessions have been made with very little conflict. Wages have been cut and so have public services. Cost advantages and efficiencies have been achieved but significant damage has been done to living standards and well-being and to the capacities of our private companies and public institutions.

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