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Unions must be called to account

Trade unions need to be reformed at the very least. The weakness in their strategy of industrial action invariably hurts the very people they purport to represent -- the ordinary Joe Soap.

However, there is another aspect of their business that is never questioned: the salaries of their leaders and the absence of published accounts.

The ordinary member has no idea where his or her subscriptions go to, particularly in relation to leaders' wages.

As committed socialists, these are the people that should have led the way when voluntary pay cuts were asked for; these are the people who know what demands mean but have no idea what requests are.

The wealthiest economies in the western world manage without the need for trade unions so, yes, reform at least.

Simon Cullen
Bunclody, Co Wexford

Irish Independent