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Thread: Whiff of an Irish Spring Revolution? CPSU to strike if pay cuts

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    Default Whiff of an Irish Spring Revolution? CPSU to strike if pay cuts

    See CPSU votes in support of strike action - RT News

    The government austerity programme is on target thanks to both punitive tax increases and politically easy cuts in government capital spending made at the expense of private sector contractors and their workers. The IMF/EU/ECB troika expressed confidence this week with government progress on austerity but they may not be so happy on their return visit in September to review the Croke Park Agreement.

    That's because the politically hard cuts now begin in public sector pay and social welfare. But the CPSU is having none of it,throwing down the gauntlet to the government by voting to strike if pay cuts are implemented.

    It would be unprecedented if essential government services suffered a major breakdown in strikes. No government could tolerate that for more than a few days. It would be faced with some grim choices. First,it could cave in to public sector unions,making alternative savings in deeper social welfare cuts than planned or increasing taxes to ridiculous levels. That would destroy the government's standing with the general public.Second,it could stand up to the public sector unions and legislate them back to work after a dramatic debate in the Dail designed to emphasise the gravity of strikes in essential services. To prevent workers from sabotaging services through working to rule,the back-to-work legislation would have to include severe sanctions for any worker refusing to obey an order of a supervisor,including summary dismissal. Working to rule would have to be outlawed,a supervisor's judgement being sufficient legal evidence of that (similar to a senior guard's word being sufficient proof of IRA membership!)

    There is a danger that back-to-work legislation could lead to a widening of strikes in the public sector to air traffic control,public transport and ESB. That might be seized on by political extremists as a whiff of an Irish Spring Revolution . The government needs to have detailed plans ready to cope with such contingencies,for example Thatcherite style legislation imposing draconian daily fines on unions striking essential services.

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    Sack them all if they go on strike. Let's see how long it takes to replace them?

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    They are peeing in the wind here

    If they still have not grasped the fundamental point that we are no longer a financially independent polity

    - and that the Government are now merely the stooges of the unholy Troika that is the EU, the ECB and the IMF

    - then they really are living in a Fantasy World of their own making....

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    and there we go, unions want there slice of the pie guaranteed while everyone else can go and hang. The country is fubared anyway, if they are not working we dont have to pay them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Bates View Post
    Sack them all if they go on strike. Let's see how long it takes to replace them?
    A queue of job applicants for miles would develop. The lure of those permanent,pensionable jobs in the depression would overcome fears of being attacked as scabs.

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    So Blair and the boys couldn't take the egg on their face after yesterday's rejection and despite Blair's 'rousing speech'...

    So he and the boys had a chat with the delegates and convinced them all that strikes will be the way to go...

    Hilarious stuff... as if strikes are going to solve anything in this country...

    I doubt lower paid workers are going to be targeted anyway... Their work practices might have to change and their productivity might have to improve, but I doubt their pay is going to be targeted for a while yet...

    More important now is the middle and upper echelons of the public sector where all the real bullsh!t and waste goes on...

    PS - We don't do revolution in Ireland no matter how bad things get...

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    Whatever their odds of success, they're better than ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    They are peeing in the wind here

    If they still have not grasped the fundamental point that we are no longer a financially independent polity

    - and that the Government are now merely the stooges of the unholy Troika that is the EU, the ECB and the IMF

    - then they really are living in a Fantasy World of their own making....
    And when will people grasp the fundamental point that public service workers, particularly the lower paid, have bills to pay just like everyone else? We are STILL putting money into banks, Sean Quinn owes 2.8 billion, NAMA was set up for the well off and NOTHING has been done for the everyday person. That's private and public sector.

    This country is close to big change - people I know are now openly talking about throwing keys back at banks. Again, public and private sector. This is meant to be a republic based on equality. To call this country a republic is an insult to the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dylan2010 View Post
    and there we go, unions want there slice of the pie guaranteed while everyone else can go and hang. The country is fubared anyway, if they are not working we dont have to pay them.
    Everyone else? Are the people at the Shelbourne yesterday included in everyone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by patslatt View Post
    A queue of job applicants for miles would develop. The lure of those permanent,pensionable jobs in the depression would overcome fears of being attacked as scabs.
    Yeah. Like that scenario is ever going to unfold.....

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