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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 Privatization” & 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 Privatization” & 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 Privatization” & 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 Privatization”

  • “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 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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