Tuesday 24 October 2017

Watch your pockets - unions are set on mugging this country once again

Public sector unions want to gobble up the rich rewards of free enterprise without having to take any of the risks, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

'What we'd witnessing is the return of Bertie Ahern's social partnership experiment, which proved to be a disaster'
'What we'd witnessing is the return of Bertie Ahern's social partnership experiment, which proved to be a disaster'

It's already one of the quotes of the year - "Nobody is doing high fives".

That's what trade union spokesman Brendan Harbor said after a deal was struck in the wee small hours of last Thursday at the Workplace Relations Commission to give public sector workers a pay rise of up to 10pc over the next three years. To quote Impact's Head of Communications in all his glory: "Nobody is doing high fives about the deal, but I think it is the best we could have achieved."

There are only two circumstances in which such a response is appropriate. One is when you really mean it, and have had to make a painful compromise in search of an honourable settlement. The other is when you're desperately trying to keep the grin off your face, while secretly punching the air when the suckers' backs are turned.

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