Striking – who wins – who loses?

Unions win, Companies win. Employees lose.

If a strike lasts for two weeks, it will take the employee up to five years to recuperate the income lost for the two weeks without work, does that sound like a good deal to you?  The union gains from the political posturing, and increases the membership fees. Employee loss number two. The company gains by not paying all the employees for the allotted striking period, and therefore not losing much from the strike action. The economy is not crippled, the company is not overly inconvenienced, but the public and the employees suffer at the hands of the over-zealous unions and the all too stubborn employers or governments as the case may be.

Unions have their place in a democracy however. They can work as a voice to keep the governments in check, so long as they are being kept in check themselves.  All in all I believe people are being misled and we all need to stop looking at the world through our moral ideals and rather look to see what is really happening underneath it all. What is the cause and effect of the social economic “phenomenons”.

Okay, I am done.

“Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”  General Sun Tzu on the art of war

Afterword – do yourself a favour and read a book called “Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner.