Public sector pay cuts in Ireland: unions strike
Irish unions are on strike today (25 November) against the government cuts in wages (on top of earlier cuts in pensions) that are designed to bridge the deficit caused by the global economic crisis. A quarter of a million public sector unions are on strike, making it bigger than any strike since the 1970s. Unions reject the idea that public sector workers should pay for the crisis that was caused by top bankers – they favour a longer timescale for addressing the deficit, and tax rises for the rich. Is this a taste of what’s to come if the UK follows the same path, as the Conservatives have suggested?