Tuesday 20 February 2018

Greek troubles are a warning

IN Athens, policemen draw their batons and fire tear gas at public service workers protesting against a pay freeze. In Dublin, policemen vote to take industrial action, as public service workers, but without specifying what that action may entail.

It will not be a strike, a withdrawal of service, because that would be breaking the law and, anyway, despite the huff and puff of some union leaders, Irish public servants are unlikely to adopt a Greek approach to pay and pension levies.

Greece has been crippled by a raft of public service strikes in response to an economic crisis, the roots of which are much the same as our own, namely high borrowing and overspending.

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