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Jack O'Connor's two faced behavoiur


making waves

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On Saturday well over 20,000 people took to the streets of Edinburgh for the Scottish TUC demonstration.

There were huge turnouts from Unison (Public sector and health workers), PCS (Civil servants) and the main Scottish teachers union, the EIS. Each union marched in their own delegations. UNITE, the GMB (general workers’ unions), RMT (transport and maritime workers) the FBU (fire fighters), CWU (Communication workers) and the POA (Prison officers) were out in force. It was a marvellous display of the potential power of the trade unions and the working class – which, if organised behind a clear programme of action, can stop the government in its tracks. Workers from the private sector, particularly transport workers also came out to show support, as did significant groups of young people.

Shockingly, the STUC refused to allow any trade unions the opportunity to speak at the rally, despite the fact that it was the individual trade unions who had been responsible for mobilising their members on the day. The main speakers were Grahame Smith of the STUC and Jack O Connor, president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. O Connor, in reference to the huge attacks on the Irish working class by the Fianna Fail government, commented: "They did it to us. Don’t let them do it to you too," What he didn’t point out was that the ICTU have not lifted a finger to help organise meaningful strike action to defend Irish workers.

So Jack - answer the question - why the hell didn't you make any effort to stop the attacks on workers and public services over the past 18 months?

Running off into the Croke Park deal is the essence of "They did it to us" - I would argue that what working class people needed from Jack O'Connor and his ilk was a bot more of the "Don’t let them do it to you too".

Scotland: Over 20,000 take to the streets against government savagery | socialistworld.net
 

Cael

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The Irish trade union movement will remain castrated while class traitors like Jack O'Connor remain at their head.
 

Podolski1.5

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There were 15,000 on the streets of Belfast last Saturday. Why no parallel effort in the south where there is a real appetite among workers for such action? All we've had is a half baked ETUC demo with little or no effort to organise people.
 

beamish2010

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ICTU are collaborators.

The trade union leadership in Ireland are a bunch of collaborators who are in collusion with the most right-wing govt in Irish history...When has there last been a major strike here in Ireland...They have not lifted a finger to defend
the working classes...

At least in France the unions actively try do something against their government.They are not servile
unlike the unions here in Ireland.
 

ne0ica

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The trade union leadership in Ireland are a bunch of collaborators who are in
collusion with the most right-wing govt in Irish history...When has there last been a major strike here in Ireland...They have not lifted a finger to defend
the working classes...

At least in France the unions try do something.They are not servile unlike the
unions here in Ireland.
Not one to defend O'Connor or the Unions, but this romanticising about the strikes in France is ridiculous. How exactly would a national strike or industrial action rectify the economic crisis we are in. It would only worsen the crisis. Get real kid.
 

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I've already said it on another thread but how about organising mini protests every time a FF/Green TD or councillor holds a clinic. I mean it's practical and could make things very uncomfortable for them. Remember the footage of Cowen arriving to protests at IBEC's dinner thing last summer. Just a suggestion. Maybe we need to mobilise or organise in other was too. If we're waiting for O'Connor, Begg et al, we'll be waiting a long time. Does anyone know how much his expenses were for this trip. Union expenses are now just a form of double taxation.
 

Desperate Dan

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Not one to defend O'Connor or the Unions, but this romanticising about the strikes in France is ridiculous. How exactly would a national strike or industrial action rectify the economic crisis we are in. It would only worsen the crisis. Get real kid.
Get people organised 30,000 out side the dail that would shake the B!!!!!!s up let the people be visible the parasites have forgotten what ordinary people look like. The pensioners did it. Kick out O Connor and his cohorts. Lets begin.
 

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The reason the unions went on strike in the north and not down here is because they knew they couldn't achieve anything in the 6 counties, that it was a futile gesture done to placate the membership. The union leadership is terrified of what might happen if it called a strike down here and it was actually successful - it is as much a part of the establishment as FF or the bankers.

IMO, the government are entitled to feel somewhat cheated at the rhetoric of the likes of O'Connor and Begg. Bertie's government gave the unions pretty much everything they looked for, and made sure that all the bigwigs were properly looked after, and what they get in return are rhetorical attacks from the likes of O'Connor in Belfast. Still, they probably know that the union leaders have to play that game in order to try to appear at least somewhat separate from the establishment
 

beamish2010

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Very well said DD.

Get people organised 30,000 out side the dail that would shake the B!!!!!!s up let the people be visible the parasites have forgotten what ordinary people look like. The pensioners did it. Kick out O Connor and his cohorts. Lets begin.
Very well said DD...
 

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The reason the social partnership deals were done and the reason we have so many people employed in jobs that pay them far too much by comparison with their counterparts in the private sector is that the government hadn't the balls to face down the unions and the civil servants.

The joke is that the one place they sent in consultants to is the health service, which is the same corrupt den of prescription drugs providers that it always was.
We need a root and branc review of the bureacracy that is soaking up the monies and a big question shoved up the a*ses of senior people about the use of non-generic drugs.

Someone needs to do a deeply unpopular job and do it now.

For example, why are we retaining nurses on contract for twice what you could emply a nurse for here?
Its got f*cking ridiculous the way the hospitals are being run and all because there is no overall strategy and no-one willing to do the deeds necessary to get our cost base down.

I find it impossible to believe its that hard a job to do, and that suggests either intimidation, cowardice or corruption - or all three.
The way things are going, the only good jobs in health will be the "permanant" positions in the private hospitals like the Beacon.
 

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I honestly cannot remember hearing a Beard ever standing up for the real working poor - the burger flippers and trolly dollies of this world who don't have organised unions to look out for them. People who get out of bed every day to essentially earn what they'd get on the dole. Aren't these the people union leaders are meant to look out for? What has Jack done for these folks? Croke Park? As for David "Aer Lingus - Central Bank - Benchmarking - €120,000 pa" Begg, don't make me laugh.

I am getting tired of how much hatred Irish public figures are making me carry around with me. And hatred is the word.
 

Mar Tweedy

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That's very disappointing that Jack O'Connor gets away with saying that kind of thing in Edinburgh when he's scared the bejesus out of the union members here into accepting deals as the 'best on offer'.

People are very scared - if they are out of job, then their union membership lapses and the benefits from that go, if they are in a job in the private sector, they are scared of losing their job, the "troublemakers" will be the first out the door, there's a bit of that going on in the public sector with union officials being transferred out of sections (from what i've heard this has gone on, certainly in some places).

If the leaders of the unions who can be fearless in standing up and speaking for the workers - all workers (including those who are out of work at the moment) - don't do their job, then we really need leaders who will.
 

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when will jack O connor and all the other Trade Union leaders tell us what their salaries are and their expense and the number of junkets they were on last year, we might have some respect for them, but I think I will be waiting for that information
 

Murph

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Lets leave Fianna Fail and the bankers alone and lets blame Jack O'Connor instead.

What would a national strike achive here? probabaly nothing in economic terms, but i bet everyone who took to the streets would feel alot better after it.

Even thought they may not be winning, I better the french people feel alot better than us right now.

Someone didnt think teachers belong to the working class -I guess that means teachers dont work.
 
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