Madam -- We live in a free society, but our trade union leaders are locked into an Eastern Europe communist-regime style thinking whereby they put their public sector workforce ahead of the desperate needs of Ireland's greater society.
In Britain it took a long and bitter struggle to break the trade union stronghold, but by doing so Maggie Thatcher unwittingly paved the way for New Labour. Here in Ireland we have lacked Maggie Thatcher's strong leadership style in dealing with the trade unions. For much of the last 20 years we have had our very own trade union puppies in Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen. The unions feared no one.
Today, the trade unions know that the health and safety of our nation is being savaged by their actions. With an increasing population, the three crucial sectors in society -- health, policing and education -- are being overrun. The union leaders of these overburdened sectors should support their staff and look for compulsory redundancies in areas of the public sector that are not 100 per cent needed and in their place employ people back into the three vital areas. By doing so we could have first-class health, police and education services.