At high risk of alienating my teaching friends and friends that work in the public sector or are members of striking unions. I feel I have to air my opinions with regard strike action.
The reasons for the current strike action aside…
I don’t understand how taking away vital services from the general public (causing them frustration and unexpected costs – many of them on a far lower income with far less benefits than some public sector workers) as a means of blackmailing “The Man” is meant to work.
The people the strikes are aimed at persuading are far less affected by the action than everyone else.
It seems to me to be a little like threatening your friends and neighbours (along with complete strangers) to try and change the opinion of people who don’t really give a damn about your friends and neighbours (or the complete strangers).
Protests outside government buildings I can understand.
Writing to my MP and badgering him to act, I understand.
Taking my bat and ball home, so my hard working friends and neighbours are suddenly left in the lurch is beyond my ken.
My usual take on strike action, when it is directed against complaints about pay or benefits, is that there are people out there who are willing to work for those lesser conditions.
That may still be the case, although unemployment is on a downward trend at the moment.
I appreciate that there is often a principle at stake but why make the general public suffer when it is not them who make the decisions?
It doesn’t justify bullying us into changing government for the benefit of the people striking.
Honestly, striking from my point of view, is tantamount to terrorism.