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National Protest 9th December 2005
 
# 1 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 10:57
 
 
Im not a member of a union anymore so Im not taking part but is anyone else here going out?
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# 2 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 10:58
 
 
Not me. I don't belive in this communist non sense!
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# 3 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:12
 
 
Strike? where do I sign up? Oh wait, I have the day off that day.
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# 4 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:18
 
 
Not unless its to laugh at the "sympathy strikes".
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# 5 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:18
 
 
As a member of a union, yes I will go to the march as the ICTU has asked all members to go and show support.
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# 6 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:40
 
 
As a member of a union, yes I will go to the march as the ICTU has asked all members to go and show support.
@Niceguydublin - will you be able to get time of work for that? or just go during lunch hours?
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# 7 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:42
 
 
Why are people going on strike?
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# 8 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:44
 
 
Unions are a grand thing, and similar to crossbows, are brilliant in the right hands. The ones in Ireland are a throwback to the days of the teamsters in the States and are as left-wing as Stalin was. I'm in the civil service pee-on union and it is an absolute joke. I studied in depth the rise of socialism and then communism and the beginning of the trade union movement worldwide and in Ireland and I tell ya, Jim Larkin and Kier Hardy would turn in their graves with the state of trade unions now. So no. I won't be attending the national strike.
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# 9 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:44
 
 
If your are a union member you can just leave your place of work to go to the march. I did go on one of these marches before and they just docked my wages for the missing hours.
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# 10 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:48
 
 
One more reason why Ireland cannot compete in the international market.
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# 11 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:57
 
 
Unions are good, and they have served a very useful purpose in the past. Personally I think their tactics are outdated in the modern era. Actually I think the Irish Ferries situation is probably an exception, but only because of the mean spirited way the management went about achieving their aims. In general people have no time for the traditional picket; it does little for industrial relations in modern times.
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# 12 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 11:59
 
 
Is the strike to show support for the Irish Ferries dispute? If so then I think that is madness - I think Irish Ferries should re-register those ships abroad and get on with it. How dare emplyees hold ships and company property to ransom. Oh I hate unions so much
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# 13 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 12:03
 
 
They want to re-register their ships abroad so they can pay 3.50 an hour to foreign workers. I think that disgraceful and shouldn't be allowed to happen.
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# 14 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 12:07
 
 
3.50 an hour is actually quite good for some eastern european countries - i made less than that in my summer job. what's really wrong isn taht they're firing the whole crew to do it. feckers!
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# 15 : Tuesday 6-12-2005 @ 12:35
 
 
The minimum wage in this country is too high anyway. I think they should have a seperate lower wage for unskilled workers.
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