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Ireland: Public Sector Deal or No Deal – It’s a Scrap Either Way
ireland / britain | workplace struggles | opinion / analysis Thursday May 06, 2010 22:02 by andrew - 1 of Anarkismo Editorial Group wsm_ireland at yahoo dot com
The long days and nights of bargaining between government and union top brass at Croke Park ended when the participants emerged and presented the fruits of their deliberations. It is a pretty awful deal, which rubber stamped the pay cuts already handed out to public sector workers and added a whole layer of new working conditions, essentially extra hours and responsibilities for the same or lower pay. Over the couple of weeks that followed, the various public sector unions in conference or at executive level recommended either accepting or rejecting this deal, with the final call resting with the membership. As we go to print the final result of these ballots are still unknown but recent experience should warn us that, in either case, the battle is far from over.
This government is pursuing an agenda whereby the economic crisis must be solved by an assault on social services and workers pay. The savings garnered from these attacks are trifling when compared to the tens of billions handed to crooked banks and defaulting property developers but it seems that it sends the right message to international investors, the IMF and Brussels. A government addicted to taking and then taking again can never be trusted to abide by an agreement, especially when they're across the table from union bureaucrats desperately clinging to their place at that government table.