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category international | rights, freedoms and repression | opinion/analysis author Tuesday January 15, 2013 15:55author by Comyn - Social Justice Report this post to the editors


Dublin 1913 to Dublin 2013

What have we learned? What changes can be made?

Dublin 1913: It was before World War I, Ireland had negotiated a form of Home Rule/self government but there was inequality with extremes in wealth and poverty, nationalism and British Rule created the environment for dissent and rebellion. James Larkin "Big Jim" represented the low skilled workers and William Martin Murphy, a Catholic businessman represented the newly forming middle class. William Martin Murphy owned the Irish Independent newspaper, and the Dublin United Tramway Company and was making inroads against the power of the former elites.

The power of the Unions and Croke Park I and 2 is an urgent matter for discussion by the plain people of Ireland. There is a discrepancy in the integrity, transparency and ethics we expect from our trade unions.

Health is a good place to start.

Can someone please explain how the Ireland can pay their consultants 12 times higher than their equivalents in Hungary and double that of their counterparts in Germany or the UK?

How many more people in other trade unions share the characteristics and self interest that are now evidenced in the IMO deal with their former 'trade union official' (as he described himself in 1997). Mr. George McNeice was the public face of the union through his tenure at the IMO. This man worked for the Department of Health as a civil servant for a brief time before joining the IMO based in Fitzwilliam Place Dublin 2. Each year we know he was lauded by the doctors and consultants attending the IMO's annual conference usually held in the Europe hotel in Killarney.

This supposedly unassuming low profile man, trade union official, was one smooth operator when it came down to negotiating his financial package as Chief Executive of the IMO. The facts as revealed in the Irish Mail on Sunday state that the former IMO President, Dr Cormac Macnamara RIP headed up the committee which approved George McNeices's over generous contract in 1993. George McNeice, CE, IMO, aged 51, recently claimed that he was entitled to a 'package' of 24 million. This package is said to have provided him with an annual bonus of up to 30% of his salary. This bonus was compounded each year. The cruel irony here is the claim of not knowing the details by the Remuneration Committee. Could this be so? In 2013 could it be possible that someone in the IMO could sanction such a spectacular financial package and yet nobody knew about it. No must be the answer because there are too many vested interests in the medical profession and their bureaucracy and hence the pyramid scheme scenario that sees Ireland's medical profession grossly overpaid for inadequate service.

Mr McNeice, his package, has been negotiated down to 9.7 million. But even this deal is shameful. This is a different financial scandal to those of the developers and bankers but it is linked to abuse of power, a form of narcissim and self interest and is equal to the financial scandals that must be dealt with. The HSE is a monolith of bureaucracy, an entity created by a few, which was no doubt better run under the auspices of the Department of Health.

Surely, others are aware and in turn are in receipt of substantial packages. Do we know? Do we care? Apparently doctors have resigned from the IMO and are seeking an inquiry into the governance of the IMO. This is a warning surely to the Unions to examine their practices.

Moving away from medical unions. What about the people who work for years for say Clerys. What do the unions really do to protect these people? They tend to change their contracts at will from permanent to part-time and then say no jobs exist and bye bye.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Trade Unions and greed     O'Malley    Wed Jan 16, 2013 13:17 
   Trade Unions & self-seeking pay packages and pensions     Comyn    Fri Jan 18, 2013 15:31 
   IMO or INMO. Unions who are totally self-seeking entities.     Chestnut    Mon Jan 21, 2013 15:37 
   Croke Park 1 2 3     Comyn    Tue Jan 22, 2013 15:22 
   Now you have to sell deal to the people     O'Malley    Tue Feb 26, 2013 15:37 
   by all means cut public sector pay in a recession, but cut the RIGHT people's pay!     fred    Tue Feb 26, 2013 18:56 
   Blame is easy and bullshit walks     Brian Flannery    Thu Feb 28, 2013 13:55 
   Wondering why I paid SIPTU all these years?     Ex Clerys Department Store worker    Fri Mar 01, 2013 13:49 
   This is some mix - let's hope not spin     Disillusioned Siptu member    Tue Mar 05, 2013 13:22 
 10   Croke Park II     O'Malley    Sat Mar 09, 2013 15:54 
 11   Too many Unions but doing what for the ordinary people?     Comyn    Thu Mar 14, 2013 15:23 
 12   McNeice 24 m retirement package reduced but wants more!     O'Malley    Sun Mar 24, 2013 15:56 
 13   How accountable transparent are Trade Unions?     Comyn    Tue Apr 02, 2013 16:28 
 14   Microcosm is the IMO but what about the other Trade Unions     O'Malley    Thu Apr 04, 2013 16:54 
 15   McNeice @ 52 yrs IMO package 24 million negotiated down to 9.7 m     Chestnut    Sat Apr 13, 2013 15:52 
 16   People have said No to Croke Park II     O'Malley    Thu Apr 18, 2013 16:27 
 17   Germans are annoyed.     Unemployed ...    Thu Apr 18, 2013 17:29 
 18   People and need to know - SIPTU & Privileges     Comyn    Tue Apr 30, 2013 13:53 
 19   Mr/Mrs Littleperson - Stand aside!     O'Malley    Sun May 05, 2013 17:24 
 20   Most Irish people wish the Germans would stop funding overpaid Irish Public Sector.     Comyn    Sat May 11, 2013 15:51 
 21   Integrity Transparency     Blake    Fri May 17, 2013 16:38 
 22   Unions: Their Slush funds; their privileges; forget the unemployed     Comyn    Fri Jun 21, 2013 16:17 
 23   Sunday Business Post: IMO under scrutiny from Revenue     O'Malley    Sun Jun 23, 2013 15:52 
 24   Benchmarking & cosy cartels. Who cares about rampant abuse of power     Comyn    Sun Jun 30, 2013 15:57 
 25   Asbestos trade - The Docks     Blake    Wed Jul 03, 2013 14:31 
 26   Ireland on the Floor.     Paymaster Taxpayer    Thu Jul 04, 2013 16:20 
 27   Enough: Unions must take responsibility & create work for past members now     Comyn    Mon Jul 08, 2013 16:18 
 28   They were well paid for what they were doing.     Hugh Murphy    Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:57 
 29   WHO DO THE UNIONS REPRESENT?     Hugh Murphy    Wed Jul 10, 2013 15:20 
 30   Trade unions luxuriate in ethos I'm okay J, to hell with the unemployed     Brian Flannery    Tue Jul 16, 2013 15:24 
 31   New word to cover enforcement without outcome: "Compellability mode"     Comyn    Wed Jul 17, 2013 16:39 
 32   Corporate Social Responsibility     Blake    Wed Jul 24, 2013 16:41 
 33   get real.     fred    Thu Jul 25, 2013 09:35 
 34   'fanciful drivel' is what Fred calls it but let's get some reality Fred     Brian Flannery    Thu Jul 25, 2013 15:46 
 35   some problems certainly need to be addressed I agree     fred    Fri Jul 26, 2013 04:02 
 36   Trade Unions and Integrity     Brian Flannery    Sun Jul 28, 2013 15:41 
 37   Day Three. Prime Time Tourism & buses are on strike     Seamus Larkin    Tue Aug 06, 2013 15:52 
 38   Silence of the lambs     Brendan O'Sullivan    Thu Aug 08, 2013 15:20 
 39   unions + Public sector = corruption of taxpayers money     Don't trust the unions    Thu Aug 08, 2013 21:22 
 40   Bullied by union member to accept     Comyn    Fri Aug 09, 2013 14:55 
 41   Integrity: What are SIPTU doing with millions on deposit to create work for the unemployed     Larkin    Sun Aug 18, 2013 16:35 
 42   The Sunday Business Post     Connolly    Tue Aug 20, 2013 16:39 
 43   Moral bankrupts: Consider the practices of John Lewis Partnership     Comyn    Fri Aug 23, 2013 16:42 
 44   Trade Unions stand idling; create work opportunities for the unemployed is your task now     O'Malley    Thu Aug 29, 2013 16:18 
 45   Mrs Hackett: Name the bridge after an exceptional woman     Larkin    Fri Aug 30, 2013 16:22 
 46   McNeice privileges v young doctors and EU legislation     Comyn    Tue Sep 03, 2013 16:26 
 47   What would Rosie Hackett say about Tescos?     O'Malley    Fri Sep 06, 2013 16:25 
 48   Shame on Tescos - Baggot Street     Anne O'Mahony    Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:28 
 49   It's no wonder     Ex Siptu employee    Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:46 
 50   Trade Unions: Stash of Cash shd be used to create jobs     Comyn    Fri Sep 27, 2013 16:31 
 51   Yesterday People.     Ex-Union.    Fri Sep 27, 2013 17:18 
 52   Strikes: forget not those who paid their dues; who have either emigrated or form the dole queues     O'Malley    Wed Oct 02, 2013 16:24 
 53   The Hare, the ship that brought food to the hungry Irish in 1913, the time of the Lock-Out     Comyn    Sun Oct 06, 2013 16:02 
 54   'Scales of Justice' & Dublin Castle. Global Irish Economic Forum elites. Hope they recognised Justice     Comyn    Mon Oct 07, 2013 16:41 
 55   Inymedia is needed more then ever in current climate.     Brian Flannery.    Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:21 
 56   IMO represents doctors; but how many?     Comyn    Fri Oct 18, 2013 16:43 
 57   Comyn     WAtcher    Mon Oct 21, 2013 18:32 
 58   'Can't get me I'm part of the Union?' No more, be warned!     O'Malley    Mon Oct 28, 2013 16:16 
 59   Austerity is the mantra but for some it is 'privileges before principles'     Blake    Wed Nov 06, 2013 16:43 
 60   The supply chain with the importance to value the human input     Beagle    Tue Nov 19, 2013 16:37 
 61   Shane Ross stop talking and do something about Trade Union Corruption     Hugh Murphy    Tue Nov 19, 2013 16:59 
 62   Junior doctors relinquished to the wolves but at what cost?     Beagle    Wed Nov 20, 2013 16:28 
 63   Union dues for the privileged     Blake    Mon Dec 30, 2013 16:33 
 64   Who protects people with the disabilities?     Honour    Sun Jan 26, 2014 16:34 
 65   Where are the Trade Union in relation to Rehab and Angela Kerins     Curiosity    Sat Mar 01, 2014 13:41 

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