Senior union leaders today predicted a surge in strike action for 2011 on a scale not seen since the campaign to abolish the poll tax.At a time when most people should be grateful to have jobs with pension benefits, labour unions are threatening to topple governments unless they keep getting more...more...more!
Mark Serwotka, the leader of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said strikes in the spring were "inevitable"....The TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, said it was going to be a "horrible" year, with cuts in benefits and public services and an increase in unemployment.
And RMT general secretary, Bob Crow, said the "fightback" against cuts would see public and private sector workers take to the picket lines.
Serwotka told the Times: "Strikes are inevitable. We are looking at the spring. The more of us that stand together against the cuts, the more problems we can create. Unless you look like you want a fight, they won't negotiate. The government has to see we are serious."
...The TUC regularly brings together public sector unions – in the civil service, health, education and local government sectors – to discuss ongoing issues."
In his new year message, Crow said: "2010 saw the initial skirmishes in the fightback against the ConDem cuts, led by a magnificent and resurgent students' movement – 2011 will see those protests escalate into a popular movement that will match the success of the anti-poll tax campaign and RMT members will once again be right in the front line. _Guardian
Nations from Greece to Spain to France to the UK to several US state governments, are on the edge of bankruptcy, default, and possible dissolution. Public sector union greed, political clout, and latent violence casts a dark shadow over the effort of a few honest government officials' efforts to save their jurisdictions.
It sounds as if the unions are striking the drums in a call for war against the general public and taxpayers. How should the people respond?