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“Tyranny of the majority cannot be allowed rule”, Peter McMenamin, Irish Times

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment

“OPINION: Union votes on changes in conditions of work can seem democratic while steamrolling minorities who are directly affected, writes PETER MacMENAMIN

AT ALL times, democracy is a very delicate and sensitive concept. This is particularly true in industrial relations. The normal principle of “majority rule” doesn’t and shouldn’t always apply; it is easy to fall into the trap of the tyranny of the majority, whereby a majority can steamroll over a minority, thereby ignoring the legitimate interests of that minority. This is not democracy, which should always be judged by how it deals with legitimate minority interests.”
(Irish Times, 15th April)