From celebrated social dialogue to arm twisting and muzzling attempts

It is ironic how in a span of few years, an administration who claims to have spearheaded social dialogue is using repeatedly prohibitory injunctions in court to try to arm-twist and muzzle trade unions.

For years we have heard how different administrations have tried to seek remedies in court, but there was somehow a distinction which is now inexistent. Warrants of prohibitory injunctions were sought in situations which would lead to a national crisis, such as disputes affecting the national airline or transportation and was deemed as the last resort when all possible measures to seek agreement failed.

The current administration has instead taken to court several trade unions in attempts to halt industrial actions. This says a lot about the supposedly ‘spearheading’ of social dialogue.

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