If British union leaders wish to hit the rail bosses where it hurts without inconveniencing the British working public, perhaps they should follow this example. They could run the trains and London underground, allowing the public to travel for free, getting to work, school, hospital appointments and their football matches.
I doubt this would suit their political agenda as they are intent on growing the public’s resentment directed towards the government. They have been offered a package of 8.5 - 9% increase in salary plus a bonus, with the average salary at around £45k. I believe nurses who work ten times harder and longer shifts, would be happy to be offered such a deal.
Politicians who say certain British workers are lazy, are spot on. There are ample opportunities to find work in many so sectors, but it seems too many choose not to. COVID and the furlough scheme introduced an unfortunate lethargy and sense of entitlement. Having been paid to stay home and do nothing, sectors of the workforce are now work shy and clearly plain lazy.
There is nothing controversial in saying it as it is, but what a pity too many politicians hold back not wishing to appear controversial, preferring to seek popularity. When poor productivity is affecting the British economy surely it is right to speak out.
If farmers took the same attitude and stayed indoors, refusing to feed livestock, till the fields or maintain the countryside, there would be little food on the shelves and our green and pleasant land would be a mess.
Likewise, if nurses and essential workers stayed home and withdrew their services, as the dustmen in Edinburgh, the public would be put at risk, and become angry and distressed.
We are living in challenging times. Covid set the economy back a decade, and the war in Ukraine is taking its toll on the price of fuel, grain, and other commodities. Putin is doing his best to destabilise the west, so surely now is not the time to create more chaos by staging strikes and encouraging civil unrest. Union leaders are clearly playing into the hands of the evil Putin.
Professor Sir David Haslam in his Daily Mail article, ‘How to Fix the NHS’, raises the point that people within a caring community, who have friends and are not lonely are far less likely to fall ill or be hospitalised.
He also echoes the words of the late Dr Jan de Winter, that ‘prevention is better than cure’, and much cheaper for the NHS. Sadly, as he said, ‘prevention rarely becomes a priority for spending’. Time and again Health Ministers visited Dr de Winter in the 1980’s and 90s at his Cancer Prevention clinic in Brighton but on returning to Westminster failed to act on his experienced wise advice.