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What happens is when you have reforms of national import (say, a change to the retirement age that applies to all), unions will call for a strike or a day of demonstration, where all workers are invited to participate, but the reality is that the majority of those that do participate are the workers in public service jobs or in a few still heavily industrialised old industry. and what makes the strike most visible is if it is accompanied by reduced public transport service because everybody is forced to notice it.

So the train workers are fighting for their own interests, just in a context where these interests are impacted by wider decisions, not just decisions from their employer.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jan 16th, 2009 at 04:31:04 AM EST
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