In about an hours time, I will be leaving the office and heading home. On a normal day, this journey is pretty ordinary and usually goes off without hitch. Today though, we have the strikes. This means that after a tiring day at the office, I will probably have to spend around 45 minutes or so shoved into another human being’s armpit.
This is all well and good. But I think we tend to forget that using public transport is a privalege we actually pay for, and so when the workers strike and tell us we can no longer use a service we have already paid for, and to suggest that we take an overcrowded bus instead, this is pretty much like going to a restaurant, asking for a meal, paying for the meal, being refused the meal…but being told that its ok…because the waiter pointed you in the direction of the nearest pot-noodle stockist.
Now I consider myself to be ever so slightly left of centre, but I still don’t really see why train drivers can hold an entire city at ransom. Bob Crow, the head of the RMT, got paid over £145,000 pounds, so its ok for him, he doesn’t have to take the train to work. I think the fact the strikes are held on a Wednesday (humpday) is an indication of just how vindictive this strike action really is…when the accumulated stress and fatigue really pique and the weekend is not yet close enough to be any sort of solace.
I suppose, rather than make this into a rant, I want to ask the question: how do you feel about the strike? Is it a legitimate way for the workers to ensure that the rights of the noble proletariat are protected against the grubby hands of the bourgeoisie ? Or are the greedy, good-for-nothing workers using us as fodder in their war to keep jobs that don’t need to be done?