As the first tentative signs that a fragile recovery is taking hold across the country, just watch as the trade union movement smells a weak political situation.
It seems like they have learned nothing from the recession, as their different sections begin the greedy grab for more, ‘because they can’, while the rest of us knuckle down to sustain the recovery. In a period of fragile recovery and virtually no inflation there is little or no justification for pay claims, especially of the eye-watering magnitude of loo-loving Luas staff.
While Irish small businesses (SMEs) are doing their utmost to recover from a disastrous recession, they cannot afford the considerable cost in lost man-hours, trade and productivity, due to the withdrawal of necessary social and commercial services.
Of most importance is that strike action in essential services must be banned to stop unions and workers from intentionally damaging the economy for their own personal gain. From energy to transport, education to health and even, dare I mention, the blue flu? The Government must legislate to prohibit strikes in these public utilities and essential services.
The trade union movement also seems to be ‘hell bent’ on bringing the country into disrepute and ruining our international reputation by picking national holidays for industrial action. The new Government must stand up to these cynical, heavy handed, blackmailing tactics and be assured that they have the support of SME business owners, their staff and the general public.