Jim, my comments are not anti-union, they are directed specifically toward the current Royal mail strike that will achieve NOTHING positive; Unless disrupting the businesses and lives of millions of people, damaging the reputation and long term viability of Royal mail and passing more business to private carriers is positive!
I agree with many of your reservations about the strike, and as a consumer I can see your point of view. As a worker, I'm happy to see a group of workers standing up for themselves.
But mostly, what I really disagree with is the suggestion that we should see the minimum the free market will stand as a benchmark of what we should expect from our employers. Someone will always
do the job for less. Why shouldn't we all aspire to job security and a say in the workplace, rather than begrudging those who have it and work to defend it?
My main point is really that people should be grateful for what they have instead of constantly complaining about what they don't have.
But this particular case (the postal strike) seems to be about a group of people defending what they do have - or at least trying to.
I have no doubt that there are dedicated people working in the public sector in our schools, libraries and hospitals and I am sure your Mum is very dedicated to her job. My point about Apathy refers not so much to individuals on the front line, but more the general resistance to change that hangs in the corridors of large public sector organisations up and down the country.
In fact what my mum complains about most is that every time a new bigwig arrives at head office they order an arbitrary reorganisation that costs time and resources, only to move on up the carreer ladder and have the same process happen again and again, each new arrival wanting to make his mark.
Incidentally, my mum - a Tory voter in the eighties - would like to go on strike, but she can't afford to. Strikes are counted as breaks in service and affect her pension rights.
Calmes dans le demi-jour
Que les branches hautes font,
Pénétrons bien notre amour
De ce silence profond.