Key players in the trade union movement reflect on their experiences and the changes that have taken place over the years.

Key players in the trade union movement reflect on their experiences and the changes that have taken place over the years.

David Begg of the ICTU talks about knowing when to settle a dispute and how Ireland moved away from the adversarial British style of industrial relations towards the European model of social
dialogue in the late 1980s. John Maddock, former industrial correspondent of the’ Irish Independent’,  pities the lot of the trade union leaders, whose members “look for their pound of flesh”. Jimmy Somers of SIPTU and Peter Fitzpatrick of the Communications Workers’ Union look back over the years, with Peter lamenting how “people nowadays don’t understand the sanctity of the picket”.