The teachers and civil servants strike, balloted for by members of the NUT, ATL and PCS unions is a physical example of the opposition many have to the actions of this conervative led government. The coalition has repeatedly waged an attack on working people. They’ve sliced the budgets of many services rendering them ineffective, cut the number in the workforce under an ambigous and untouchable banner of increasing efficiency and most damaging have acted to decrease people’s personal wealth in a time of inflating prices and continued demand for neccessities.
Some say it is right to change the way pensions are linked to earnings aligning them with pensions in the private sector. That it’s unfair that there is a disproportionate difference between the two. These two points I believe are invalid with respect to the argument. Public sector jobs became popular because of the stability they brought, and the pensions available upon retirement. Private Sector jobs didn’t provide that sort of stability nor were the pensions as good upon retirement. However, the earning potential in both sectors was starkly different. It is still the case that those in the private sector when comparing job for job, are able to earn alot more than their partners in the public sector. Upon embarking on a career in the public sector people made a sacrifice, the rewards of which will not be reaped due to the changes the government are going to make.
Co-ordinated strike action must always be a last resort when negotiations have broken down and compromises to changing legislation have not been made. It is common for people to say that strike action is unnecessary, helps nobody,and fails to solve the problem. Others suggest that strikes only act to increase the disparity between two conflicting parties rather than being a force for change to unfavourable policy.
However, if workers are in despair, as they are, and their reasoned arguments have not been listened to, and strike action is the only noticeable way to display their opinion, then it is absolutely necessary, arguably vital, to get the government listening. Disruption due to the unions’ actions will be inevitable with over 330 schools in Yorkshire and Humberside being closed on 30th June. However, the public are unequivocal in their support for this cause.