Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 15, 2013Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
There’s several bouts of stupidity today, but Marc Coleman’s lament that the opportunity to face down an ESB strike was missed is out on its own. The whole thing is bad, but here’s a flavour.
But in their strike threat ESB unions have reminded us of something that we had nearly forgotten. That we are a divided economy. Between those who have power — conferred on them by State ownership or favourable State regulation — and those who have none, a growing gulf is emerging. And the ESB union strike threat was a timely reminder to Government of who is in charge. They haven’t gone away, you know. But neither have we. And had the strike gone ahead, ESB unions might have found that sympathy for their cause has all but evaporated. Even amongst those of us who would normally say that the right to strike to preserve one’s pension ought to be protected would add that in the case of ESB unions the conditions they sought to enforce were too dependent on past abuses of monopoly power to be defensible.
Unions run the country. The right to strike is an important one that must be recognised. Except when someone tries to actually use it. Etc.