Trade unions find themselves in difficult situations during times of economic crisis. Should they negotiate with the government and potentially become co-opted into austerity policies or should they resist any cuts in public spending and risk being completely excluded from the policy-making process? In this guest post, Roland Erne raises some crucial questions in relation to current developments in Ireland.
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Roland Erne is Senior Lecturer in the University College Dublin. He is author of European unions: Labor's quest for transnational democracy (Cornell University Press, 2008).