Jun 11, 2006

Strike's over

That is to say, we've been ordered back to work by the minister of labor, who has demanded a forced wage negotiation (the "mandatory wage committee"). Any decisions made by this committe are binding. Our union is very disappointed that the minister of labor would do such a thing, especially since our current government includes both the Labor and the Socialist Left parties, parties that should understand and support more than most the right to strike.

It'll be weird going back to work, to a workplace where things have been piling up for over a week, and where all previous deadlines and due dates are moot. And where we are still at odds with management since the strike issues are not yet resolved.

6 comments:

alice said...

Well, that's a rather disappointing outcome. OTOH, at least the limbo is over (at least in terms of where you're supposed to be in the morning).

Keera said...

Very disappointing. We're still sort of in limbo because nothing's been decided yet as far as what demands we'll get met. We're just no longer on strike.

alice said...

hrmmm... What's the atmosphere like at work?

Keera said...

As usual but with a slight bizarreness. After a 3-week vacation, one comes back to the real world and are allowed a bit of disorientation for the first week. "Sorry, I've been away, I don't know." (I love that part. ;-) ) Here we were, over 600 of us, feeling that same sort of back-from-vacation thing. Monday was spent in a daze. But we're back to normal now. We picked up where we left off and the world at large has also discovered that we are back so the work comes. :-) No hard feelings between union members and non- or anything.

Sravana said...

I was going to comment on my experience of being on strike (or locked-out, on occasion), but between school/opera/driving and sitting on my ASS all day in the car, I didn't have time to comment.

I'm really sorry to hear that things went this direction. It's shit to be labor, what can I say? (having been there for 24 years myself)

Keera said...

Up till now, everything's gone swimmingly between our union and management. Never a complaint from anyone on either side - or at least, nothing that wasn't resolved amiably. This year, this time, however... Well, I guess there's has to be a first time.