November 25th, 2011

Strike three

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

One of my readers asked this week about the forthcoming public sector strike.

My attitude to it is this; I fundamentally believe in the right to withdraw one’s labour. Despite owning a house and sending my kids to university I am a socialist at heart. I have never voted conservative, I am probably just over half way through my life (with a bit of luck and a following wind) and I can foresee no circumstance where I would vote conservative, my roots are deeply ingrained.

I believe that when you sign up to a job and they give you your terms and conditions on paper and in black and white, then they are the terms and conditions which you should enjoy throughout your employment. Should financial conditions of the people who set up and agreed to those conditions change, then it is for them to find a way to fulfil their obligations, not for the employer to forgo their rights in order that the employer can get out of the requirements they signed up to.

Should they wish to change those conditions, they should do so with the full agreement of everyone affected by the changes. If they decide to change them this should apply to  people who join that employment from the day the conditions change.

People should expect to be treated fairly, reneging on an agreement is simply not fair.

Now, as to the strike next week. I fully support it, I will back anyone who wants to go on strike. I won’t be working on the day of the strike so the moral issue of whether I strike or not is a moot point. I am not in a union and I am not part of the civilian pension scheme so I am not affected directly by the proposed changes. I will not be working until I am 67 or whatever it is they want my colleagues to work until whatever happens.

As to how many people are going on strike. Nobody knows. Police officers are being put on twelve hour shifts. Any of them who worked in the control room in the last 5 years are being dragged off the streets and out of offices to come and work in the control room, just in case enough people walk out to make it a problem.

I have not spoken with a single person who has said they are striking but they may be keeping their powder dry. I have met lots of people who say they are not striking.

 

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4 comments

  1. Gary says:

    I tend to agree but have a problem when a Headteacher goes on stike and then argues that children should not be taken on holiday during term time. Consistancy is essential.

    November 26th, 2011 at 09:42

  2. Fee says:

    Despite working in the private sector, having kissed goodbye to my final salary pension a couple of years ago and being faced with working to 67 (not the 60 I was promised when I joined the scheme) I fully support the public sector workers. I’ve made alternative arrangements for my kids on Wednesday (thanks, Mum!), and wish them every success.

    November 26th, 2011 at 12:56

  3. Whinger says:

    Fully support the strike this week.

    It’s just a pity that we as Police Officers, who are going to get shafted so so much more than other Public Sector workers cannot do the same!

    Infact, it is a tragedy that the majority of Police Officers continue to ‘make’ the job work regardless of how much they will be shafted!

    Too many rubbed their hands with glee and rushed down to London in August and bailed this Govt. out!

    The same ones no doubt would do it all over again !

    November 26th, 2011 at 19:10

  4. Tony F says:

    For once, I also support the public workers on this one. Usually I don’t have much sympathy. But to be effectively taxed above and beyond everyone else for no long term gain. Well, I agree with the workers.

    November 26th, 2011 at 20:16

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