This is my first delve into this thread and I can't believe the right-wing claptrap being parroted by some people. Do ye really believe this or did ye just read it in some Anglo-American journal and think "Oooh, that would be a clever thing to say at some party."
Cop on, people. The good conditions we have now didn't fall out of the sky. If it wasn't for the trade unionists and workers' rights activists of the past century and a half, we'd all still be working 12 hours days six or seven days a week in factories with no safety legislation, no right to annual leave, no pensions and on the crappiest wages.
Anyone who thinks that legislation has made unions redundant should look across the Atlantic at the USA where the unions have been slowly emasculated over the past quarter century meaning that more and more people are falling down the social ladder into low wage work. You might also consider reading a book called "Nickeled and Dimed", written by a journalist who spent a year on the minimum "wage". Some of these people don't even earn enough to eat.
The debate seems to be taking on an Irish v Latvian mood. Irish and Latvian workers should be uniting since in the end it's a common cause they're fighting for. The Latvians will soon find that the Romanians or Albanians will work for even less so they'll get the boot too.
I'd boycott Irish Ferries. It would teach them a lesson and hopefully scare any other Irish company into not contemplating such duplicitous action. They need to know that the workers of Europe are not so easily divided and conquered.