Union leader warns of "civil unrest", demands GE

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A PROMINENT trade union leader is to warn today that the country is on the brink of “significant civil unrest”.

The remarks are to be made by the general secretary of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU), Eamon Devoy, at its biennial conference in Galway.

The conference will also debate an emergency motion calling for a campaign of civil disobedience if the Government does not hold a general election.

Separately, it is understood the European trade union organisation Etuc has urged that the IMF/European Commission/ European Central Bank team in talks on the proposed rescue package for the State should meet the social partners.

The request was made by the general secretary of Etuc John Monks in a letter sent yesterday to the EU commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Olli Rehn.

Yesterday Shay Cody, general secretary of Impact, the largest public service union in Ireland, also urged that such a meeting should take place.

In his address to the TEEU conference today, Mr Devoy will argue that “we are on the brink of significant civil unrest in this country, the like of which has not been witnessed in this jurisdiction for decades”.

It is understood that he will strongly criticise the Government’s plan to take €6 billion out of the economy in the next budget.

“When the draconian measures being proposed are heaped on top of the €14.5 billion cuts already implemented in the last three brutal budgets, life in Ireland will be unbearable.”

The emergency motion to be debated at the conference, which has been put forward by the union’s executive, “condemns the Government for its criminal negligence in the management of the economy and for colluding with the banks in misleading the Irish people as to the seriousness of the crisis we face”.

It says that “this policy of economic sabotage has led to the betrayal of our country and to the loss of the last shreds of our economic sovereignty.

“We now call on the Government to resign, hold a general election and face the verdict of the electorate.

“If the Government persists in clinging to power we call on the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and other civil society organisations to launch a campaign of civil disobedience to force an election on a regime that has no principles and no objective beyond staying in office for as long as possible
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Mr Devoy is expected to urge union members that in the next election, they should “vote for candidates who address the needs of working people”.
So the unions who have been quiet all week have finally entered the fray.

Is anyone listening tho?
 
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about time they said something.....
probably be a lone voice in ictu tho
pity
 

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This nut-job from the TEEU declared "unholy war" on the government last year.

When he says we're on the brink or on the verge of civil unrest what he means is that the government better do what he wants or his will instruct his members to engage in civil unrest. :O

Let's have democracy not union power. Elect a new government and let them lead, not the unelected trade unions!!!
 

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This nut-job from the TEEU declared "unholy war" on the government last year.

When he says we're on the brink or on the verge of civil unrest what he means is that the government better do what he wants or his will instruct his members to engage in civil unrest. :O

Let's have democracy not union power. Elect a new government and let them lead, not the unelected trade unions!!!
They are at least elected by their members. So they do legitimately represent people.
 

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This nut-job from the TEEU declared "unholy war" on the government last year.

When he says we're on the brink or on the verge of civil unrest what he means is that the government better do what he wants or his will instruct his members to engage in civil unrest. :O

Let's have democracy not union power. Elect a new government and let them lead, not the unelected trade unions!!!
how can there be a democracy if the imf are telling the government exactlly what to do.... democracy is dead here till they leave
we havnt had it for years anyway
 

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we should blockade the merrion hotel
 

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An Election? Do they really think that Labour and Fine Gael would be any different? Of course they wouldn't.
 

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So the unions who have been quiet all week have finally entered the fray.

Is anyone listening tho?


These are the same bastards who got us into this mess aswell. It's time the Unions admitted their culpability. They are equally, if not more so, to blame then the Government. Smoked salmon solcialists asked that wages go up like they did in the public service through benchmarking. That is worthy of the criminal economic treason in my opinion.


BTW a mate of mine in the Dept of Health is on his fifth holiday this year.It ************************************g angers me how culpable these people are and the cheek to protect this extravagance in the public sector when everyone else loses their jobs. I can see civil unrest too - against the public service.
 

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These are the same bastards who got us into this mess aswell. It's time the Unions admitted their culpability. They are equally, if not more so, to blame then the Government. Smoked salmon solcialists asked that wages go up like they did in the public service through benchmarking. That is worthy of the criminal economic treason in my opinion.


BTW a mate of mine in the Dept of Health is on his fifth holiday this year.It ************************************g angers me how culpable these people are and the cheek to protect this extravagance in the public sector when everyone else loses their jobs. I can see civil unrest too - against the public service.
to be fair how much debt will the ps and social welfare, pensions etc cost us over the next 2 years.....40 billion?
and the private sector banks and builders....100 billion...or 200 billion
i think we are getting a better return off the ps
at least they provide a social service
we need to rid the ps of top managment for sure
the middle class do nothing leechs are the ones that ruin the ps
 

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These are the same bastards who got us into this mess aswell. It's time the Unions admitted their culpability. They are equally, if not more so, to blame then the Government. Smoked salmon solcialists asked that wages go up like they did in the public service through benchmarking. That is worthy of the criminal economic treason in my opinion.


BTW a mate of mine in the Dept of Health is on his fifth holiday this year.It ************************************g angers me how culpable these people are and the cheek to protect this extravagance in the public sector when everyone else loses their jobs. I can see civil unrest too - against the public service.
I agree with you that the very well paid in every sector should lead by example in cutting their living standards. However your average official in the department of health is no more culpable for the mess than the next person ie has very limited culpability. How is it treason to want to be paid more for what you do? We're in changed times now, but the idea that accepting a pay rise is treason is silly.
 

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The Government, Unions & Public Service have been raping this country for years and providing Inefficient, Incompetent, poor service to the Citizens of this country

We have tolerated it, so we should not be surprised at their reaction
 

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This nut-job from the TEEU declared "unholy war" on the government last year.

When he says we're on the brink or on the verge of civil unrest what he means is that the government better do what he wants or his will instruct his members to engage in civil unrest. :O

Let's have democracy not union power. Elect a new government and let them lead, not the unelected trade unions!!!
Dude that is exactly what he is calling for...an election!!!

Why do you want to give the impression of otherwise?
 
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ESB workers received PAY INCREASE (along with banks) last year bringing average to something around €90,000. Meanwhile public servants were taking pay cuts and tens of thousands were losing their jops or emigrating.

The ESB TEEU members are nothing short of parasites.

If there is civil unrest I suspect it wil not only be directed aginst Corrupt FF but all those who collaborated with FF and aided and abetted its corruption.
ICTU leadership would top the list on this point.

presumably TEEU understand that they are now going to have their pay slashed.


There should be an election. In fact there should have been an election a year ago.
 

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If I was the IMF I know what I'd say to the union leaders looking fir a meeting - two words the second of which would be off. Partnership has been a disaster in recent years. The govt gave away lots and got nothing other than votes in return. Union leaders with massive salaries and questions over state funds at one union. Don't try and tell me that unions shouldn't share some of the blame for the disaster that is the HSE and the mad work practices at other state depts. The gravy train is finally running dry!
 

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This nut-job from the TEEU declared "unholy war" on the government last year.

Let's have democracy not union power. Elect a new government and let them lead, not the unelected trade unions!!!
No, I'm quite open to civil disobedience actually if the Government refuse to call an election. The unions represent people. They are legitimate. At the moment they are probably more legitimate than the Government.

I own a business and I'm not represented by IBEC or ISME. All they do is promote rampant capitalism and attack employees. It's my employees who make my company what it is. If they want to take time off to strike and march against the government, I won't stop them, I'll encourage them to do it. I'll stay behind and get the work done 24hrs a day if I have to.
 

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BTW a mate of mine in the Dept of Health is on his fifth holiday this year.It ************************************g angers me how culpable these people are and the cheek to protect this extravagance in the public sector when everyone else loses their jobs. I can see civil unrest too - against the public service.
well, if you said it on the internet it must be true!! :D

muppet!
 

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Should the head of the TEEU be arrested for sedition

TEEU to debate civil disobedience motion - RT News

Mr. Eamon Devoy head of the TEEU wants to use his undemocratic muscle to force a general elections.
I don't remember electing this guy to speak for me on matters political
As far as I am concerned he is a trade union bully boy on another of his many ego trips.
Is there any law whereby we could arrest him for trying to undermine the power of the state?
My lack of respect for our stupid government is only exceeded by my contempt for these troglodytes.

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TEEU to debate civil disobedience motion - RT News

Mr. Eamon Devoy head of the TEEU wants to use his undemocratic muscle to force a general elections.
I don't remember electing this guy to speak for me on matters political
As far as I am concerned he is a trade union bully boy on another of his many ego trips.
Is there any law whereby we could arrest him for trying to undermine the power of the state?
My lack of respect for our stupid government is only exceeded by my contempt for these troglodytes.
Who elected the IMF?
 


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