[Marxism] Irish trade union members vote to reject austerity

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 16 18:34:28 MDT 2013

For several decades the southern Irish trade union leadership has been part
of tripartite deals between itself, the state and the bosses.  Of course,
part of this approach is that as the Celtic Tiger melted down and economic
disaster hit the 26-county economy and state, the union bosses, in order to
keep these arrangements, pushed austerity measures on the working class.
The two key agreements are Croke Park I and Croke Park II.  However, Croke
Park II went to a vote in the unions and it has been clearly rejected.  In
the largest union, SIPTU, whose key leader (Jack O'Connor) is a leading
supporter of the Croke Park deals, the 'No' vote won by 53.7 to 46.3%.  In
the nurses' union the 'No' vote was a massive 95%.  (Croke Park II involved
pay cuts in the public sector, so public sector unions have been fairly
hostile to the latest austerity.)

I hope to get a more in-depth article up on the irish revolution site in
the next 24 hours, but until then you can check this out:


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