Kerry Public Service Workers' Alliance

The argument offered by the leadership of the the public service unions advocating a yes vote – IMPACT, PSEU and SIPTU (the union the leadership of which is campaigning for a Yes vote without making a recommendation to its members – square that circle, I dare you) is a truly remarkable piece of sophistry. In other words, it is a half concealed piece of fiction.

The argument is that union members should vote ‘yes’ to have their already severely depleted pay and conditions further rifled because this is the best deal that could be won by negotiation. Leave aside for a moment whether or not this is a logical statement, whether the effect follows from the putative cause and let’s see if the argument holds water even within its own limited terms.    For it to be true, one simple requirement is that the unions must have actually tried negotiation to see…

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