The action of the teachers going on strike came at a timely moment, just two days after the funeral of RMT leader Bob Crow. He would have approved.
The teachers were protesting about pay, work overload and
having their retirement age extended to 68 and rising. Bob Crow argued
consistently for shorter working weeks, better pay and conditions for
his members. All of these demands are eminently achievable in a society
that is run for the common good of all its people rather than for the
benefits of a few bankers and their mates.
Our society is incredibly
skewed in favour of an elite that live on the backs of everyone else.
- Why in a country that has 1.5 million young people under 24 without jobs
is the retirement age being extended?
-Why in a country of 88
billionaires are more than 500,000 people going to foodbanks?
efforts not being made to collect in the £42 billion estimated by Her
Majesty's Revenue and Customs to be the cost of unpaid tax?
-Why is there
such a focus on the relatively small amount of money lost through
benefit fraud, while the big welfare cheats, like the low wage paying
companies, rack renting landlords and non-tax paying multinational
companies continue with business as usual?
If our society were
ordered more along the lines suggested by Mr Crow and the teaching
unions then things would be fairer all round. There would be work for
all at decent wages with fewer hours being worked by more people. The
rich might get a little poorer but the rest of us would have a much
better quality of life.
* Wanstead and Woodford Guardian - 31/3/2014