Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dangerous power in hands of union bosses

IN 1961, when US President Dwight D Eisenhower was leaving the White House, he warned the people of the US to be fearful of the growing "military industrial complex". Eisenhower was correct in his warning, as evidenced by the uncontrolled power that exists between the military and multinational corporations and the shaping of policy, not only in the US but throughout much of Europe.

What Eisenhower could not have seen was the power that has become part of many of the union movements across the Western Hemisphere. When a union boss, who is paid to represent union workers, is paid obscene wages -- as in the case of the TUI General Secretary -- one can make the connection to the president's farewell speech.

Vincent J Lavery
Coliemore Road, Dalkey, co dublin

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