Archive for November 29, 2011

I’m not striking but for once I sort of wish I was

November 29, 2011

 

Or not...

This blog is written by a group of people with different experiences and therefore different perspectives.

 

Tomorrow one of my colleagues will have a piece up explaining why he, and many others, will be striking. I imagine his perspective will be representing the vast majority of local authority workers and rightly so. With that in mind I thought it would be appropriate to put the view of someone who won’t be striking now save it interfere with the rightful coverage of a large amount of public sector workers who feel pretty badly treated.

 

Normally, not striking is fairly easy. In fact, the main reason I am no longer a member of a trade union is that a lot of the previous strikes have been for reasons I just don’t think justify a strike. Indeed, the last major strike over pensions, in defence of the “rule of 85” if I remember correctly, was exactly that type of strike; elitist and a little stupid.

 

However, this time it’s different. Rather than feeling opposed to the strikers I actually have quite a lot of sympathy with them.

 

In Local Government there are three issues that make up this strike and I’d like to cover each of them in turn:

 

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