Throughout the current labour dispute, I keep hearing the call for a ‘shared sacrifice’ and, frankly, when I do hear it feel like exploding in sheer anger.
If people actually took a minute to open their eyes and look beyond their noses they might see where the sacrifices have already been made: the empty shops, the empty offices, the exodus to the UK.
As Finance Minister Bob Richards says no Government employee has been laid off. I can tell you that in the private sector people have been laid off and their colleagues are still taking furloughs or pay cuts.
They have made the sacrifice and if my business, which I have built from scratch, is affected by this I shall never forget or forgive those responsible – responsible for robbing me of a livelihood that supports my family.
Now, some questions about this dispute.
1. I’ve read and listened but cannot find an explanation of what this dispute is actually about. What else, apart from furlough days, are the unions protesting about? Is it a 19pc hike in health insurance as well?
2. The strike is now (officially) illegal. What happens now?
3. Have the union members ever been consulted/taken a vote, or is this being driven by the leadership of the unions involved?
4. How many of you are now dusting off your plan Bs?
Here is a snippet of the conversation that is going on out there (in the real world that is.)
I love all this hoopla over the furlough day. It blows my mind. If the day comes when we default on our loans you will see how bad things can get. Bite the hand that feeds you much. The furlough day is one of the easiest solutions. The unions are just full of stupid. And Rev Tweed just needs to shut the hell up. Where did you get your economics degree mate? Nice irrelevant rant. The ship is sinking. You don’t bitch about what kind of lifeboat saves you. BTW, I have been subject to furlough days for the last year and a bit. If you can’t get by on a 5% cut you need to reorganize your priorities. If you want to blame someone, go bang on Ewart’s door and ask where your money went.
Person 2: I do understand that things are tight for families especially when overtime or one partner’s job has disappeared. The problem with industrial action is that people find alternatives and sometimes never return e.g. Devonshire Post Office is closed until further notice. What is the point of buying Birthday Cards when you cannot send them? So use an e-card – convenient, cheaper and delivered on time etc.
Person 3: Here’s a thought. The PRIVATE business PAYS for the Government salaries. Private sector not only has had to reduce pay 10%, 20% or more, multiple days unpaid a month, redundancies and flat out having to close up shop, but they still have to pay those Gov salaries? What part of no money to pay you don’t you get? I work 7 days a week for a least 4 small companies, because you know what? That’s what you have to do: WORK. Reality bites. Trust me I know.
And another post:
So if people boycott this business what do you think happens to the workers of that company if no revenue is generated. How many workers will that impact. How many homes? How many children? I have no problem with people being pissed and I understand the normal human emotion to want to hurt those that hurt you but let’s be real here. Dunkleys is not hurting us. Michael Dunkley isn’t hurting us. ET Bob Richards isn’t hurting us. The financial storm that the island is under is what is hurting us. Instead of us making everything we find unfair a personal stab to us take your anger and go to the cabinet with positive solutions. Not a stupid and senseless boycott. I’m a government worker and I’m pissed. Hell yes I’m pissed. But stupid I’m not. Unrealistic I am not and selfish i am not. Boycotting a company that clearly employes people is definitely stupid, unrealistic, and selfish. And Fyi boycotting dunkleys won’t change the issue that government is in the hole. If Michael dunkley and the oba were no longer in power tomorrow do you think the public purse would mercilessly come out of negative balance. Or would whoever and whatever party in its place still have a debt problem to clean up.