Ireland - Unions prepared to enter new pact - May 14, 2011

IMPACT union’s general secretary Shay Cody has said that in spite of the collapse of social partnership in Ireland, his union and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) confederation believe there is a need for a new framework or pact to get the country out of the current crisis. “We can and should be self-critical about our past experience of social partnership. Over time, we became too deeply embedded with the system. We got sucked into that process and we should learn from the lessons of that,” Cody told delegates at the IMPACT conference in Tralee. “Nevertheless, IMPACT was and remains a supporter of social partnership,” he added, “We are not advocating the low-level social dialogue mentioned in the media where we say ‘howya’ on the street, but a more serious engagement for the public and private sectors to get the country out of the mess it’s in.”

English: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/unions-are-prepared-to-enter ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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