Today here in Portugal, there is yet another workers strike. Firstly, dont get me wrong I am not against people having the right to strike but at the moment, it is seems to be every other week. The workers unite to show their dissatifaction at how things are, lack of jobs, increased hours, increased taxes, reduced wages, but every other week!! Striking every other week, will not make any difference. It would be more effective to all combine for one moviment, after all arent they all striking for similar things.
And what they need to remember is everytime they take a day to strike, production is heavily prejudiced, putting this country further back in its efforts to pull itself out of this financial crisis. Things are not easy, nor are they very fair, but you should be grateful for having a job. Especially for all of those who are not in a job and for every time you strike a day, that is potentially another job in danger as companies struggle to survive while output is reduced through striking.
The strike which took place two weeks ago, caused some big problems for several people and businesses and was reported around the world, as I heard from several family and friends. The leader who planned this strike was seen encouraging the crowd, which then turned to chaos causing injury to both protesters and the police. It was awful to watch as it seemed like complete social breakdown, which went on for several hours. Making Portugal and Lisbon especially, look unsafe and out of control. I know of one hospitality business which lost several thousands euros of business, due to these events, as the clients pulled out due to the events of this day! How many more businesses had the same problem. We are desperately trying to bring people into the country and these events just put people off.
People need to see the bigger picture, striking every other week, only damages the country further and makes the struggle worse. We need to work together, except the situation and build a better future!