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Speaking of public sector strife, I'm keeping on this because it annoys me: Remember the wank about how the post-office strike, southern strike and airline strike and whatever were going to ruin Christmas in a a politically motivated strike attempting to bring down the government, so the government should step in and biff the trade unions on the nose again? Remember that second Winter of Discontent? No?
Yeah, exactly. Because it was nothing. Because the press lied. They want to see trade unions fucked some more even though they're already below George Galloway in terms of power held. They'll lie again, they'll do it for more mild labour disputes in the hope of getting our already stringently regulated trade unions to piss off entirely. I'm incredibly unhappy about it, from a press-honesty standpoint as much as anything else.
>if not for the fact anyone who's actually competent will land a much better job elsewhere?
I think there's a legitimate case to be made that a secondary reason is political ideology, vaguely encompassed in the Blair era obsession with statistics. Rather than develop on this, I'll just stick with the strike angle: I've always been drawn to the idea of service deliverers going on a sort of "paper strike". i.e. they won't fill in stupid self-assessment forms or other data-generating exercises secondary to their real job, but they'll continue to show up to work and provide the frontline services they're actually paid to perform.
Not work to rule, where they tediously follow the exact write-up of the job they're paid to perform (often disrupting services): Doing their actual day job and skipping the rules about target-sheets that get in their way. Obviously I don't mean fill in zero paperwork, but there's a pretty clear difference between marking your students' essays and going through a mini struggle session on form 25A about what you think your own failings are and how you'll improve them for review by the staff department. (Don't worry, it's not actionable, you just have to do it!)
Either we'd see the crucial importance of many apparent middle-class-job-creation exercises, or a lot of managers would start looking very flustered indeed as they're all forced to sit at their desks playing solitare while occasionally grabbing the phone and feigning conversation. Now wouldn't that release quite a burden from the public purse: Free Doctors, Teachers and Nurses...