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woodbine
woodbine Community member Posts: 12,139 Championing
Firefighters vote in favour of strike action but no dates yet.

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  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Championing
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    Looks like teachers will also be going ahead with strikes after failed talks.

    Teachers' strike to go ahead after education secretary 'squandered the opportunity' to avoid action (msn.com)
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  • leeCal
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    Totally agree with you @Teddybear12, it all sounds perfectly reasonable, ie to have a rise to match high inflation but the consequence is that often it sends the inflation figure up and so people are no better off. The economy is a very complicated system though and I don't really understand how it all works.

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  • Hannah_Alumni
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    I do think striking is the right way to go when talks fail though. Pay isn't the only thing being discussed but work conditions too. The fact they plan them ahead shows they want positive changes.

    I actually couldn't imagine mass on the spot walk outs.
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  • woodbine
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    Strangely enough public sector pay rises have no impact on inflation because the cost of goods and services don't have to rise in order to pay them, where the danger lies is if private sector employees see private sector pay increasing they then want more money. Private sector pay rises are currently running at around 7%.
    I may have said this before but we are paying the price now for years of poor public sector pay with pay freezes and below inflation rises, it's become a "perfect storm" with all that hitting an over 10% inflation this year.

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  • Hannah_Alumni
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    @tomm I had thought the opposite, with the Royal Mail CEO in parliament the other week. There was apparent information from a whistleblower that parcels were to be prioritised 🤔
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  • Jxx
    Jxx Community member Posts: 1 Listener
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    I have three children and am directly impacted by the teacher strikes. My eldest is in their GCSE year and their school will close tomorrow. My middle child had complex needs and while their school remains open, they are combining classrooms to have 60-90 children in each covered by 1 teacher and going off-schedule. My child has had multiple meltdowns just at the thought of it and thus won't be able to attend school tomorrow. So I will have to take time off of work tomorrow unpaid. But I still support the strike action. Teachers, firefighters, NHS, everyone. 


  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,139 Championing
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    Tomorrow is the first day of strikes by teachers, the first as I understand it of 7 over coming weeks.
    Universities will be hit by strikes tomorrow and for 18 days over 7 weeks closing around 150 unis, ambulances are also striking next week.

    Meanwhile the govt. seems unable and/or unwilling to enter into meaningful dialogue with the unions, do they really think we employ them to sit by as Rome burns? They should get off their ministerial behinds and do what we pay them to do.

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  • Margare93222061
    Margare93222061 Community member Posts: 426 Empowering
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    We are struggling with the cost of living.  There were strikes and inflation in the  nineteen seventies 
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Championing
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    I didn't realise it would be 7 @woodbine
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