Friday, 7 February 2014

The Right to Strike

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Utah Phillips (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was watching BBC Question Time the other night and the great and the good were waffling on about removing the right of tube workers to withdraw their labour. Most of the Parliamentary politicos seemed to think restricting the right to strike for public transport workers might be a good thing. I expect our government of millionaires will be contemplating the same thing. After all they managed it with GCHQ.

It reminded me of a quote from Utah Phillips which I couldn't quite remember so I posted this on twitter:
The right to strike is not a right conferred upon the masses by the elite and is not theirs to withdraw
Summed it up for me. Anyhow, here's the most excellent quote from Utah:
The state can't give you freedom, and the state can't take it away. You're born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free...
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