Wednesday 21 February 2018

Tackle transport chaos before point of no return

The picket line at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins
The picket line at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins
Editorial

Editorial

The evenings may be notably shorter but that is no excuse for not shedding any light on a resolution to the intractable dispute at Dublin Bus. Not being able to learn the lessons of the past tends to condemn us to living in it.

As the pressure from the economic collapse grew, the pillars of social partnership crumbled. Social partnership wasn't perfect, but conciliation and consultation always yield more than confrontation and coercion.

The Labour Relations Commission does invaluable work but the channels that once were open between unions, government and employers allowed for open-ended communication and strategic planning, with all sides kept in the loop. It facilitated trouble-shooting before a breakdown in trust. As the whole country faces commuter chaos, the question is who will do something about it?

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