While commenting on my last article which voiced my frustration with the ongoing strike of trash collectors, A. Meringue suggested:
“Suppose your boss had agreed to give you a pay rise, but kept putting it off, what would you do? ”
Very simple. I get a new boss.
“If a third party (the public) was depending on you, and you weren’t around to make the deal, whose fault would that be?”
So your reasoning is that you shouldn’t only try to hurt your boss, you should also hurt his customers too? This when they’re ultimately your customers as well. What is the gain? Is it just to ensure he feels it?
Personally I believe the people deserve to know why a strike is occuring, and especially when it is going to happen.
What if I threw such a tactic at my workplace, just as you suggest. I decide I’m fed up with my boss and his delays so I’m not going to turn up for work just to make a point. It doesn’t matter that many of my colleagues are counting on me to make a deal that will be crucial for them. Am I more important than everyone else? Is it fair to not be a team player and throw the game just because I’m not getting my way? This as opposed to giving your colleagues some notice to make arrangements and preparations for your absence?
What if your heart surgeon decided that he was fed up with not getting the raises he was promised the moment he was due to operate on you? Is your life not important enough? What if every doctor decided it at the same time? Are many lives not important enough?
Trash pickup & ferry service may not be life and death, but it should be realised that everyday people count on these public service individuals for their daily lives and thought it may not be as important to you, it may be very important to them. What makes you more special than everyone else?
Every service makes a difference and though it may not always seem like it, many greatly appreciate what those employeed in the public industries do.
Thats why it would be great if we knew their troubles with regards to pay and they took action in a manner that did not hurt their customers so poorly if they have an inssue with management. It means that when they return to the job the next day, instead of garnering disappointment and lack of confidence in the service they provide, they have garnered support.
The customer is the most important part of the equation. He/she is where the money (or support) ultimately comes from. Without money, there is no raise. Without money, there is no job.