Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three Strikes You're Out!

In a downward trending mass social mood, it's very likely that labor strikes will become very popular again. We might even see a professional sports strike in the next few years. An angry mob loves a strike and a picket line. The cycle will likely bring unions back to strength as fear and anger "drives the herd closer together".

From the BBC:
NI Post Staff Join Strike Action
"Postal workers are manning a picket line at the Mallusk mail centre Postal workers in Northern Ireland are taking part in the first nationwide postal strike in two years. It follows the collapse of talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers' Union (CWU). Mail centre staff at and drivers began a 24-hour walkout at 0400 BST. Delivery and collection staff will strike on Friday with more strike dates expected. Union leaders have blamed Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and Royal Mail chiefs for the failure to reach a deal. But ministers say the suggestion that an agreement was vetoed is "fantasy". Bobbie Weatherall, from the Communications Workers' Union, is one of the workers manning the picket line at the Royal Mail mail centre in Mallusk. "I would ask people to please bear with us in this situation, we are seeking a resolution to it," he said. "If everyone has the will do to that then we can get round the table and negotiate."

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