This is not my normal territory but what the feck.
I am utterly stunned that so many people appear to support today’s strike. I keep on thinking I’m missing something. It seems so flipping obvious to me. The money’s not THERE!!! Yes, it’s harsh, yes it’s not fair but it IS real.
The private sector deals with the consequences of losses by cutting costs and trying to improve performance, or you go under trying. No life rafts available. What we have here is a total lack of public sector life rafts but no one wants to believe it. We are all casting around for an economic miracle. It’s not there. We have to fall back on basic budgeting, cutting our cloth.
I understand the frustration, the anger, the resentment. I respect the right to strike. BUT I see no mileage, no traction to this strike. Any sop offered to strikers will dig us deeper into this economic hole. We need to recognise we’re in trouble and get on with trying to get back on track.
For the record, I am a private sector worker who has seen her pension wrecked, salary stymied and customer base drop off a cliff. I have the utmost respect for public sector workers but because they are humans not because they work for the State.