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    On Saturday well over 20,000 people took to the streets of Edinburgh for the Scottish TUC demonstration.

    There were huge turnouts from Unison (Public sector and health workers), PCS (Civil servants) and the main Scottish teachers union, the EIS. Each union marched in their own delegations. UNITE, the GMB (general workers’ unions), RMT (transport and maritime workers) the FBU (fire fighters), CWU (Communication workers) and the POA (Prison officers) were out in force. It was a marvellous display of the potential power of the trade unions and the working class – which, if organised behind a clear programme of action, can stop the government in its tracks. Workers from the private sector, particularly transport workers also came out to show support, as did significant groups of young people.

    Shockingly, the STUC refused to allow any trade unions the opportunity to speak at the rally, despite the fact that it was the individual trade unions who had been responsible for mobilising their members on the day. The main speakers were Grahame Smith of the STUC and Jack O Connor, president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. O Connor, in reference to the huge attacks on the Irish working class by the Fianna Fail government, commented: "They did it to us. Don’t let them do it to you too," What he didn’t point out was that the ICTU have not lifted a finger to help organise meaningful strike action to defend Irish workers.

    So Jack - answer the question - why the hell didn't you make any effort to stop the attacks on workers and public services over the past 18 months?

    Running off into the Croke Park deal is the essence of "They did it to us" - I would argue that what working class people needed from Jack O'Connor and his ilk was a bot more of the "Don’t let them do it to you too".

    Scotland: Over 20,000 take to the streets against government savagery | socialistworld.net
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    The Irish trade union movement will remain castrated while class traitors like Jack O'Connor remain at their head.

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    There were 15,000 on the streets of Belfast last Saturday. Why no parallel effort in the south where there is a real appetite among workers for such action? All we've had is a half baked ETUC demo with little or no effort to organise people.
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    Angry ICTU are collaborators.

    The trade union leadership in Ireland are a bunch of collaborators who are in collusion with the most right-wing govt in Irish history...When has there last been a major strike here in Ireland...They have not lifted a finger to defend
    the working classes...

    At least in France the unions actively try do something against their government.They are not servile
    unlike the unions here in Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beamish2010 View Post
    The trade union leadership in Ireland are a bunch of collaborators who are in
    collusion with the most right-wing govt in Irish history...When has there last been a major strike here in Ireland...They have not lifted a finger to defend
    the working classes...

    At least in France the unions try do something.They are not servile unlike the
    unions here in Ireland.
    Not one to defend O'Connor or the Unions, but this romanticising about the strikes in France is ridiculous. How exactly would a national strike or industrial action rectify the economic crisis we are in. It would only worsen the crisis. Get real kid.

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    What quangos is O'Connor on and how much are his "fees"?

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    I've already said it on another thread but how about organising mini protests every time a FF/Green TD or councillor holds a clinic. I mean it's practical and could make things very uncomfortable for them. Remember the footage of Cowen arriving to protests at IBEC's dinner thing last summer. Just a suggestion. Maybe we need to mobilise or organise in other was too. If we're waiting for O'Connor, Begg et al, we'll be waiting a long time. Does anyone know how much his expenses were for this trip. Union expenses are now just a form of double taxation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Horse View Post
    What quangos is O'Connor on and how much are his "fees"?

    David Begg (or O'Connor) is on the board of Aer Lingus.

    I think we should take a moment to reflect on that.

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    Didn't know teachers were working class...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ne0ica View Post
    Not one to defend O'Connor or the Unions, but this romanticising about the strikes in France is ridiculous. How exactly would a national strike or industrial action rectify the economic crisis we are in. It would only worsen the crisis. Get real kid.
    Get people organised 30,000 out side the dail that would shake the B!!!!!!s up let the people be visible the parasites have forgotten what ordinary people look like. The pensioners did it. Kick out O Connor and his cohorts. Lets begin.

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