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“Trade Unions at a time of Financial Crisis and Privatization” Case Study - Ireland. Noel Ward, Deputy General Secretary & General Treasurer 30 January 2013. . Timeline of Financial Crisis & Responses (Ireland). 2007 + impending crisis 2008: - Bank bailout and implications

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trade unions at a time of financial crisis and privatization case study ireland

“Trade Unions at a time of Financial Crisis and Privatization” Case Study - Ireland

Noel Ward, Deputy General Secretary & General Treasurer

30 January 2013.

timeline of financial crisis responses ireland
Timeline of Financial Crisis & Responses (Ireland)
  • 2007 + impending crisis
  • 2008:

- Bank bailout and implications

- Collapse of tax base

  • 2009:

- Collapse of talks with public service unions

- Public service pay cut via levy (average 7%)

timeline of financial crisis responses cont
Timeline of Financial Crisis & Responses cont./
  • 2010
    • Further pay cut of 7% (public service)
    • Public service(“Croke Park”) Agreement (to 2014: no further pay cuts for serving staff, no compulsory redundancies)
    • IMF-EU-ECB “bailout” of Ireland
timeline of financial crisis responses cont1
Timeline of Financial Crisis & Responses cont./
  • 2011/2012:
    • Fiscal shortfall, cuts in public service numbers, hits to conditions (sick leave, allowances, promotions etc.), new entrant pay cuts.
    • 2010 Agreement revisited, 2012-2013: €1bn more sought from pay and pensions.
  • 2013:
    • Talks on reducing pay bill
    • Challenge to unions’ purpose?
trade union role
Trade Union Role
  • “Inside” or out?
    • Economic alternatives to austerity (“There is a Better, Fairer Way”); NERI
    • On the streets? (Rally against Debt, 9 February 2013)
    • Serving all members equally? [New entrants, pay differentials etc.]
trade unions and privatization
Trade Unions and Privatization
  • The “outsourcing” agenda (health service, local authorities etc)
  • Pensions issues
  • Specific challenge to teacher supply (ROI) through activities of large, private provider.
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