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Unions and Boris Johnston Clash but they are both right.

Strike ImagesIt is not often that I agree with both parties, especially if one of the parties is the infamous Boris Johnston. However there is a first for everything and today it seems that it is time. I am siding both with the Unions and the Mad Major of London.

Unions are there to represent workers to ensure they get the best deal possible. However the strength of the union has steadily been degrading since the Tories of the past and with the new government I cant say that it is likely to improve.

We need unions, they work for our staff to ensure we can work sensible hours no more shall we have minors working 15 hour days, no more will death be an acceptable side effect of work. There certainly cannot be corporal punishment in work. Without the power of the union these could have been the reality of the working life.

Boris Johnston however has been arguing that industrial action should not be as easy as it is speaking as London sees a 3rd day of strikes on the underground network. He wants change in the law to make it harder for industrial action to take place. Suggesting that unless half the workforce votes for industrial action it should not be possible.

Quite rightly, Industrial action should be seen as an absolute last resort. However it seems that the weakening of the unions have made it such that it for many cases becomes the only option – management do not feel the threat of the power of the union – mostly because there is no power any more.

Action never serves anyone any good in the short term, workers loose money, the company loose money, and the consumers may be effected  as well which will have a knock on on their supply and demand chain.

A new balance should be brought, bring back the unions to enforce our rights and give them powers to do their job. Balancing this with the expectations of the company that the strike becomes the last ditch effort instead of only course of action and everyone will benefit.  Perhaps it might even see a raise in minimum wage.

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The Telegraph

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Should the BBC be allowed to Strike

BBC LogoHave you ever heard of a Government going on strike? I didn’t think so. Surely they should not be allowed to do so.  However the BBC wants to strike. We the tax payer pays for the entire organization even if we don’t use the services which they provide.

The BBC is in talks to go on strike during the Conservative Party conference due to start next week. Perhaps there will be more interesting politics coming out of that than came out of the Labour party conference that has caused chaos across Manchester this week.

Ed Miliband has called on the BBC to not cause a blackout of coverage for its viewers during this time. It is in the interest of fairness he states.

The BBC being fully funded by the state should be prevented by law from actually going on strike or as an alternative, we should get a refund of our TV License fee for the time they will be on strike. I am sure that the BBC will conveniently “forget” this idea however as they know we cant easily enforce justice against them.

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Londoners hit Tube Panic Button

Tube chaosIts the largest city in the UK, it has several airports, many trainstations, car rental schemes, buses and belive it or not even taxi systems. Yet, whenever the strikes hit London’s Underground, London grinds to a halt and the panic sets in. What is it about Londoners that prevent them from using the boats, cars and busses or walking to an alternative route to be able to get home?

Whatever it is , the chaos is here and will somehow cost £50Million, surely, with people being forced to use the alternative transport methods it will cause money to come in not leave the London transport network?

It seems that multiple strikes are occurring near enough simultaneously, RMT is striking over threats to cut costs suggesting that fire scares, swordsmen yielding swords and guns could not be stopped should there be less underground staff. I don’t know about you, but If I was working as a ticket salesman , I would rather that armed police handle armed terrorists, just an idea really.

If you do happen to be in London and need some help working out what a bus is, the Telegraph has kindly published a dummies guide to public transport.

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The Telegraph