SIPTU's reluctant Yes eases pressure – for now
NOW SIPTU has delivered its rather long-winded verdict on Croke Park II, it looks set for a home run. General president Jack O'Connor has set the scene for a badly-needed win for Labour, and in particular, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin.
They have backed a set of proposals that will mean big pain for their members. The union has put its neck on the line while it is being hammered by hardline unions in one of the most high-profile No campaigns in the history of national agreements.
It is also doing it at a time that it has been losing members to rival breakaway groups like the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association, which is enticing newcomers with strike threats.