Thursday, July 17, 2008
current public sector workers strike
We've been on a very exciting wildcat strike in solidarity with town hall bureaucrats, care assistants, binmen etc, on official strike. The protests, which I didn't attend, were nothing like the Vallotton picture, more like this sort of thing. Unison seem to be militating for a 50p/hour rise, across the board, which seems fairly left wing in the context of their set up. Hardly anyone seems to buy the official inflation figures as a genuine measure of the change of cost of living anymore, or the economists' line that employees can't effectuate wage rises this way, as the effects of inflation supposedly come in to restore "structural balance" automatically. Evidently ordinary people have no input in the central bank creating money to redistribute to the finance sector, should they choose to go down this road.