Going on Strike
I've received word from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (which is the closest UK equivalent to the APTA but also functions as a trade union) that I have to vote whether or not to go on strike on November 30. Many public workers are going to strike that day to protest changes to the pension plans being imposed by the government. Essentially each individual will have to contribute more each month, wait longer to retire and still have the same payouts come retirement.
A lot of Europe has been striking lately. French air traffic controllers were out on strike today. Greek airlines were on strike last week. The end of November is not a day one will want to try to get things done in England. It seems teachers, train drivers and most public-sector workers will be out that day.
I've never been on strike before. I have no idea what to expect or what to do. I've never been part of a union in my two decades of practice.
I have mixed feelings about certain professions going on strike. Health care professionals, police, firemen, all could have a profound impact by not being around for one day. People could die if treatments are delayed or police aren't on patrol. By the same token, that very fact makes these professions subject to unreasonable demands from governments or corporations. If we won't strike out of feelings of guilt, then we can be walked on.
Are you part of a union? Have you gone out on strike?