This week, the Irish health system
will be plunged into further chaos as nurses hold three consecutive days of strike action. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation already held three 24 hour strikes in its row over pay, recruitment and the retention of staff. Thousands of patients have already seen their medical appointments disrupted with many operations cancelled.
Data from the European Trade Union Institute
shows that as bad as the disruption is, the Irish are not the worst country in Europe for industrial action. Between 2010 and 2017, 17 days were not worked on average due to industrial action per 1,000 employees. Cyprus had the highest average number of days lost dueto strikes in that period - 316. France
is well known for industrial action and it came second with 125 days not worked.