Describe your feelings in regards to an issue in today’s society, and what would be done to fix it.
Uh oh. A serious question! Damnit. I knew that would happen sooner or later. -_- I hate being a grown up.
Okay. Well the obvious thing to talk about is the strikes which happened on November 30. Shit loads of public sector workers walking out of their jobs and picketing, protesting and making their voices heard.
There are so many opinions on this issue that I, for one, have just kept my mouth shut about the whole thing. People get so passionate about it one way or another that most of the time I feel like if I just duck and stay the hell out of the way, I can keep my head on my neck and that on my shoulders and live to see another day. So that is my primary feeling; fear and vague irritation and feeling unable to speak my mind.
Problem is I do agree with the strikes. I do.
Gah, there I said it. -_-
*ducks from hurled balls of flame* No? Okay… I’ll wait for the comments then.
I work in the private sector. My pension isn’t terrible but its never going to be good as what the public sector get, and I’m under no illusions about that. Hell, by the time I finally get to retire, a tin of beans is going to cost £100, so my pension won’t be worth shit anyway. That’s my thought.
~I just have to get really rich in the meantime and squirrel it all away in houses and stock and islands on the equator that I can sell back to the super powers of the world when global warming begins to sink us all. Eeeep… that’s a separate issue; let’s deal with that another day!
Anyway. Public sector workers. They educate our children. They heal us when we’re sick. They clean our streets. They care for our elderly (when we can’t be bothered!). They are, in truth, what we depend on to keep going day by day and part of me feels that they can be (not to say all of them – there are NO ABSOLUTES) the most genuine of workers out there.
Anyway. Knowing all that, understanding what they do, realising that I depend on them being there, I seems a bloody stupid thing to do to offer them a pension plan that makes them lose! They work longer, pay more, get considerably less. Shit, wouldn’t YOU be pissed off? I’m 27 right now… the way things are going, I won’t be able to retire until I’m 80. Lord that’s depressing. 😦
Yes I know that Wednesday caused all sorts of mess and inconvenience and stress, but if something, in your own mind, is worth fighting for, then wouldn’t you fight too? Well you should! Granted your methods might be different, and yes, there may have been different ways to go about this issue, but there is only so much the average Joe can do. Sometimes, to get your voice heard, the only thing you can do is piss off the people in charge (and, it has to be said, unfortunately, everyone else too).
Saying that I’m not sure what I would have done. I know what I’d like to do. I’d like to force each football player to annually donate one month’s pay (however the hell they want to split it across the year) to the people out there who deserve the money for the work they do – they can afford it for crying out loud. I would also love to say to the government ‘stop spending money of a shit-load of wars and pay for the people who are looking your kids while you’re running my country into the dirt.’ More that, I would have LOVED to tell Kate and Wills to pay for their own damn wedding like everyone else.
Wouldn’t that have saved us a bit of cash?
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