Public sector unions fight for a fantasy, not fairness
Teachers are trying to pretend that the Irish economic crash was just a blip, and that things can and must go back to the way they were before. In that way, lies madness
There's a common misconception right now that the public sector unions are looking for pay rises. They're not. They're only after "pay restoration".
In other words, they want to go back to the pay levels which would have existed if the economy hadn't ground to a halt and their members had continued to receive all the increases and increments that they were expecting.
Once that's been achieved, then they'll come looking for the actual pay rises, and the fun will really begin.