Re: Universities pay dispute
- From: "Paul Roberts" <p.t.roberts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 00:02:32 -0000
Kendall K. Down wrote:
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"Paul Roberts" <p.t.roberts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
As for your complaint about picket lines, can you suggest a better
However I agree with Ian that picket lines and shouts of "Scab" and
striking to the detriment of one's students are inconsistent with the
image of professionalism that I have always associated with the
You are a little out of touch, Ken! There was certainly none of that
behaviour today on our picket lines - we spoke to people in a polite and
friendly manner, inviting them to consider supporting us but recognising
that people who had made the decision to come to work were not going to make
the effort to come in only to turn around and go home. We were simply giving
out leaflets to people explaining the reasons for our action.
Why, I wonder, is union action always directed
against the users of the service provided by the workers instead of
against the employers with whom the workers have the dispute?
Because it's the only way, when their business is reliant upon the provision
of that service.
I've never been able to understand why, when users of a particular service
are hit by action of this type, they blame the people who are taking the
action. Their criticism should be directed at those people who have created
the dispute in the first place, and the only ones who have the power to
resolve it - ie the employers.
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