Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Union Barons’

The legitimacy of strikes is born of a highly subjective truth. Greed has created every problem we have, but union barons are now falling over themselves to make workers just as bad

Over recent weeks, Secretary General of the RMT Mick Lynch has solicited a paradoxical feeling of respect towards a union baron, simply because in interviews he has appeared to take the Government position on wage rises clinically apart.

Whilst many commentators and journalists have been fawning over the eloquence of his speaking skills, the reality that few accept is that Mr Lynch’s greatest asset is his comparative ability to speak truth to power. Especially when the powers we have today do little more than obfuscate with invented truths, diversions and lies.

Like any good sales pitch, the union patter on the need to strike in order to force ‘reasonable’ wage rises has indeed contained some certain truths. Truths that many of us can relate to, as we watch prices rising exponentially almost by the day.

However, just as the politicians we have running the Country, who fail to consider the law of consequence and the bigger picture – rather than just responding to headlines or whatever is on the table today, fail to look beyond themselves, this union push to secure explosive wage rises can only fuel the speed of the race towards a complete financial and systemic collapse. Indeed, it is likely to cause the very people it is supposed to be helping the most pain.

Yes, the simple and most obvious answer to the cost of living crisis would be to give everyone a pay rise that matches the rate of inflation. A wild rate that is currently heading for ten and may even go as far as twenty percent.

Yet just as would-be Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s massive and unnecessary spending spree in response to the Covid Pandemic put inflation and the price rises of essentials on crack, raising wages continuously to meet what will likely now become constant price rises, will just make an existing problem and the pain it causes the people who didn’t create that problem even worse.

Few can and even fewer want to see or understand the real causes and the history of the problems that the UK now faces. It is just too easy to blame someone they don’t agree with or don’t like at a very shallow level, whilst making the fundamental depth and breadth of the corrosive issues and practices that are institutionally still at work, significantly worse.

Greed, or rather the drive to make money, accumulate wealth, ambition and attaining power, are the seedbed and growth accelerator of each and every problem that the UK – and much of the World – is now experiencing.

So long has this addictive malaise been at work, our whole system of governance and the systems, procedures, regulations and laws that relate to everything, now support the funneling of wealth towards those who already have more. Just so that they can obtain even more.

Politicians have always had the ability to stop this and to rebalance the system so that it works fairly and equitably towards everyone.

However, to todays weak-minded and glory seeking politicians, public representation is not what getting themselves elected is about.

If our politicians were to use the power and responsibility that they have – as they proved that they can do, when they took the massively damaging steps to shut everything down during Lockdown – they could stop the escalation of prices that do not need to rise in just one day.

They won’t. Because they are all in it up to their bloody necks.

Our politicians believe that their future depends on maintaining the status quo and continuing to do things the same way that they always have been.

With inept and incompetent politicians who lack even the basic ability to lead, and union barons who have been gifted circumstances that those who can change things now refuse to control, we find ourselves within a rich mix of events and circumstances that together with all the very different problems that we individually face are now adding up to a very dark, but nonetheless perfect storm.

The failure of those to act whose responsibility it is to act, coupled with the failure of others to show restraint whilst neglecting the responsibility that we all have to consider each other, does indeed foretell that the only destination we can reach will be an unmitigated crash or complete system collapse.

It is sad indeed, that none of these people who have the power and influence to do things that will help us, can see, value or appreciate what we all truly share in common. And that instead, the only thing that defines and unifies them is the commonality of their selfishness and greed.

Unions must be stopped from using fear to make this crisis even worse. The problem is they are capitalising on what the Government did first

May 13, 2020 3 comments

In the weeks that now feel like a lifetime since we officially left the EU, an even greater and potentially far more damaging divide has now been crow-barred throughout society than the Leave vs. Remain one that it replaced.

Today the UK is split between Corona-converts who see no value in anything other than having the whole Country led by fear of a very specific and low probability death, and those who want to be trusted by Government to be the adults that they are, to get back to work and to have a life worth living, knowing that they will deal with just another illness amongst many others, if that time should unfortunately come – as it often does.

This divide is the responsibility of Government mismanagement at its worst. Politicians and their expert advisors have rubbed the lamp of the mass manipulation genie to secure their wish of public compliance with the Lockdown. But what they have actually done is opened Pandora’s Box in its place.

Fear is much easier to install in a mind than it will ever be to remove. Like any bad case of confirmation bias or OCD will confirm, repetition and adding detail to the original message will often make it even worse.

What we didn’t need at a time when the Government has dug the Country into a hole that it doesn’t have the vision to get anyone out of is for the Unions to step in and exploit the emotional damage to the National psyche that the manufactured fear of COVID-19 has already done. Then for what are utterly self-serving reasons seek to make the impact of this completely unnecessary Lockdown even worse.

Threats to keep schools closed and now to shut down railways using the spurious suggestion that it isn’t sufficiently safe for their members safety to work, demonstrates that Unions exist today purely on the belief that employment rights are more of a priority than the reason for a service or a business to exist.

Be under no doubt, working conditions today are far better than the members of trade union movements that were genuinely needed a century ago could have hoped for in their wildest dreams.

This action or merely talking it up is malevolence in its greatest form. It demonstrates why the time has come for public policy covering industrial relations and unions in the workplace needs to be reformed with any right to strike being banned. Union barons should no longer be able to exploit opportunities to hurt commuters, parents and children under the dubious claim that they are standing up for something worthwhile when what they are doing is furthering their own cause.

Had the Johnson Government played the Coronavirus emergency the right way from the start, there would never have been the need to face down a difficulty like this that the Country wouldn’t have needed at any time and least of all now.

But because Boris and his Buffoons set the fear-ball rolling in the first place by creating such messages as ‘stay home, save lives’, then underscored it by putting social distancing measures in place that have highly questionable value when in use, it really should come as no surprise to him that the Unions that are the mainstay of his Labour Party opposition would jump at the chance to pick up that ball when it did come loose at the back of the scrum.

%d bloggers like this: