Thursday 18 January 2018

Time to scrap the practice of protecting public jobs at all costs

Siptu president Jack O'Connor Photo: Gerry Mooney
Siptu president Jack O'Connor Photo: Gerry Mooney
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Siptu and a number of other unions are about to ballot members for strike action unless talks begin about accelerated pay restoration, despite agreements previously made via the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

This is on the back of an "economic recovery" involving a large deficit, massive public debt, massive pension liabilities, high private-sector unemployment and a background of crumbling water, broadband and housing infrastructure.

At what point are our elected representatives going to learn that the public-sector voting bloc and the pensioners are not the only voting blocs? If they had guts, they would introduce legislation with a five-year expiry date that prevents borrowing for day-to-day expenditure and restricts borrowing for infrastructure projects.

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