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Biggest strike for 100 years union chief ( UK )
The Guardian ^ | 18 June 2011 | Polly Curtis

Posted on 06/17/2011 8:12:42 PM PDT by george76

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.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison – which has 1.4 million members employed by the state – described plans for waves of strike action, with public services shut down on a daily basis, rolling from one region to the next and from sector to sector.

He said there was growing anger over a public sector pay freeze that could trigger more disputes further down the line and that the changes would unfairly penalise women, who form the majority of low-paid public sector workers. "It will be the biggest since the general strike. It won't be the miners' strike. We are going to win."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: industrialaction; publicsectorunion; strike; union; unions; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 06/17/2011 8:12:44 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Good Lord, who is going to pay for their entitlements?


2 posted on 06/17/2011 8:14:53 PM PDT by cajungirl
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To: cajungirl

The British Labor movement was much stronger in 1926 and you are right most people will not support that strike.
I think more and more people understand that entitlements need to be paid by someone (the taxpayer)


3 posted on 06/17/2011 8:20:44 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: cajungirl

The British Labor movement was much stronger in 1926 and you are right most people will not support that strike.
I think more and more people understand that entitlements need to be paid by someone (the taxpayer)


4 posted on 06/17/2011 8:20:58 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: george76

Let’s have a good strike against a Labor government. Maybe that will show the Wisconsin voters what they would face if they vote like dumbasses in the Recall elections.


5 posted on 06/17/2011 8:23:06 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: george76

Why can’t we just get rid of unions?

I mean, now would be the time, with so many people out of work.

Just say, hey, we’re not going to deal with the union any more. Nobody would even need to lose their job.

If folks want to form some kind of “union” and pool their money for a pension fund, or whatever, that’s fine too.

But, no bargaining with the “union” by the employer. Anyone who goes on “strike” is fired and replaced by the next willing worker.

Ok, with some jobs this might be harder than others, but almost all gov’t jobs could be immediately replaced.

The Public School teachers are the biggest bunch of losers going, they could all be replaced within one school year.

And as for the SEIU, they mostly represent basically unskilled workers, like hotel maids and restaurant workers, they could be destroyed in about 6 weeks.

I say JUST DO IT!


6 posted on 06/17/2011 8:30:12 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: george76

This is coming here as well. The money will run out just about the time Sarah Palin is inaugurated. Civil War coming.


7 posted on 06/17/2011 8:36:26 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: jocon307
Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison – which has 1.4 million members employed by the state – described plans for waves of strike action, with public services shut down on a daily basis,

OK, I don't know a thing about this fellow Prentis. But I'm willing to wager a month's pay that he's just the type of person who destroys countries. Can't this imbecile understand the economic situation that the UK is in presently. There are many who are unemployed and many others who haven't received a raise in a number of years. These folks in the Unions are overpaid already for the most part. Unions destroy everything they touch. And if anyone ever doubted the stupidity of public service labor unions they ought not now.
8 posted on 06/17/2011 8:47:51 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: george76
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.

How is this any different from extortion and/or terrorism?

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9 posted on 06/17/2011 8:48:48 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: george76

Retirement at 66?! Pay into their own pension plans?! The horror!! Oh the humanity! Much better to bankrupt the country and end up like Greece. The comments are great, too.


10 posted on 06/17/2011 9:25:56 PM PDT by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor & 2 Marines! Pray for Netanyahu, Gen. Petraeus, Tornado Alley)
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To: george76

These socialist, union leftists in the U.K. and in Europe are killing the economies of their countries by resisting debt and spending reforms and the strike option especially hurts an important sector, tourism. Many from the U.S. and elsewhere are booking summer and fall travel now and we sure won’t go where we think transport, tourist sites such as museums and parks will be affected by strikes. Greece was off my list for the past 2 years, so I went to Egypt instead-before the revolution. Money walks from trouble.


11 posted on 06/17/2011 10:02:58 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: DaxtonBrown

We need to do another Ghost Dance to bring on the new War Between the States.


12 posted on 06/17/2011 11:28:24 PM PDT by Tuketu (Democrats should be known as the National Democrat Party - NDP , see Germany)
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To: arrogantsob

Hahaha....good point. It is a labor gov’t isn’t it.


13 posted on 06/18/2011 12:48:14 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: arrogantsob
Let’s have a good strike against a Labor government. Maybe that will show the Wisconsin voters what they would face if they vote like dumbasses in the Recall elections.


Err... it's not a Labour govt. any more...

Cameron is in the Conservative party.

14 posted on 06/18/2011 2:22:30 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: nikos1121

It is actually a Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition government at present.


15 posted on 06/18/2011 5:51:05 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks george76.
the changes would unfairly penalise women

16 posted on 06/18/2011 7:37:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

Women and minorities are always hardest hit.


17 posted on 06/18/2011 8:08:52 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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