Friday, June 17, 2011

Government Threatens To Go On Strike!

And I'm fully behind them. Alas, it's government workers in the U.K. who are threatening the public with a withdrawal of their services if the evil masters don't at least scale back the beatings and...
The leader of the largest public sector union promises to mount the most sustained campaign of industrial action the country has seen since the general strike of 1926, vowing not to back down until the government has dropped its controversial pension changes.
Oh wait, they're complaining of having to retire at 66 instead of 60, and actually contribute to some of their benefits, much like the common peasants. To this end they're threatening a rolling strike, stopping the services of the Bureau of Silly Walks and the Department of Redundancy Department.

I have readers in Great Britain, so here's my advice: When the local paper shufflers go on strike, visit the site they've shut down, and toss enough Molotovs to burn the building down. One or two ought to do it as the fire brigades will be out on strike with the rest. With the building gone, and the paperwork and endless forms gone with it, your local economy should perk up right smartly.

The newly unemployed drones will be unable to apply for unemployment without an agency to help them, and will quickly succumb to starvation. Britain will become Great again, and you can help it along!


Brad K. said...

I think that cutting benefits for union public employees is shameful.

It would be much more courteous to the nation to start firing union public employees until the resulting salaries, benefits, et. al., match the available budget. With perhaps a 50% "rainy day" fund allowance.

Billll said...

The problem is that the benefits package for government employees is significantly better than anyone in private industry can get without having a "cubicle" on mahogany row.

P.I. solution to the workforce becoming too expensive is to simply close the plant and move everything overseas.

It creates an interesting mental vision of interactions with government, Fed, State or local, being conducted over the phone with a citizen service representative named "Mike" who speaks with a thick Bangalore accent.

Brad K. said...

But, Billll, it would be unfair to farm out actual union jobs. Especially if you were to deliberately choose to open a plant in a "right to work" state or nation.

No, I think my idea of keeping just a very few, overpaid union (thus, by definition, low productivity) workers is a great idea.

We have enough lawyers per capita to keep a lid on the worst corruption, to dismantle all unenforced laws and regulations, and to tie the remaining government workers up in red tape responding to filings for redress of grievance.

And if the IRS and Homeland security, and the Depts of Education and Agriculture, were the hardest hit with de-staffing, I think I could feel modestly relieved.