Friday, 13 April 2012

Strike!

Today I'm coming before with a much anticipated activism post. Yes I know it's been a while, and this is something I've been wanting to share with you, but the time just wasn't right. I think I may have possibly left it too late, but there's still the chance I didn't.

If you're up to date with things you can probably ignore this, but if not, then you should read on.

This May 1st is going to be quite a big deal. The world is going on strike. If you're unionized, then go on strike, and if not, then just call in sick, or skip work altogether. If you're too young to be in a union, or have a job, then don't go to school. Fuck everything, and tell everyone you aren't taking their shit anymore.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Fight for things people. It doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you fight for it.

More info can be found at http://www.occupymay1st.org/

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  1. While I respect your opinion Mark I'm getting a little sick of people striking all of the time, especially when the strikes rarely seem to provide the strikers with all or even some of their aims. Strikes in the public sector particularly annoy me, hospitals need their carers and children still need their education so sometimes things like this can hit a sour note with me to be honest.

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    1. Nah I understand how you feel. I don't think that a hospital should ever be closed, or that the police should strike, but I also don't like that that's the case. That they feel that they can't fight because of their duties. Still, it just means the rest of us can fight harder for their sakes.

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    1. I think I've had one for the past few years now.

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    1. Haha if only. Though let's not have war? please?

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  5. Another strike? Pfft sake...

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    1. Yes another one. But this is no ordinary strike.

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  6. That's a very true statement you made! I believe in fighting for what you believe in! If only I could strike...

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    1. Just don't do anything all day :P

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  7. It will be hard to get a consensus on this one. Remember the strikes last year? There was so much arguing and mud slinging going on it was awful. But if it accomplishes the aim, people should do it. And you're correct, our rights as human beings are worth fighting for.

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    1. The main point of a strike is to fight, and to get people to notice. I think this can accomplish that at least.

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  8. This is only the second time I have heard about the May 1 strike which worries me that they are not getting the word out and the whole thing is going to be a giant dud. Anyway, I am technically off on the 1st, but I work the day before and it will turn into the 1st while I am at work...so what should I do??? But the Occupy Movement needs to heat up this summer, especially with the American presidential election coming up in the fall. I think the movement needs to educate people that this is going to be a long struggle, and not to become discouraged or apathetic if we do not see immediate results.

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    1. I've heard about it quite a lot, maybe you've just not been hearing the right people. But I do think that awareness on this isn't as out as it could be. If you work a night shift that will take you into the first then I think you need to call in sick. Or randomly get so sick you have to go home. The Occupy Movement does need to really heat up, but for now it is doing what it is supposed to. I think that some heat has gone because people became apathetic and got tired of waiting for immediate results yeah. This is going to take some time.

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  9. i'm all for fair wages, but the employers will just make all of there money if not double on may 2nd. amirite?

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    1. If no one is there to work then a business cannot run. If no business happens (or at least less due to short staff) then money is lost.

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  10. I agree with this but worry that many people will get fired over it. But fuck it! Whats the point of having a job if it sucks crap! Strike!!

    Glad to see you promoting this! I can wait to see if there is after effects to this!

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    1. Hey if you're going to let a little thought like getting fired stop you, you probably aren't all that in to it. Oh well. I'm not saying everyone has to do it though (unless I explicitly stated that) so if people are worried about being fired for not showing up, then show up but just do a really half assed job. For most people this won't be any different.

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    2. Not necessarily true, getting fire can cause you to not be able to pay rent and leave you jobless and homeless. Things can be that bad this day and age.

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    3. Well that is true, but I don't think you should let fear stop you. Let's say that in a country 2 million people take part, and one million are fired as a result, I'm pretty sure people are going to notice that there's an extra million unemployed people. Though I do of course hope that no one gets fired over this.

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  11. I'm not really sure where I stand with this. I know I won't be participating, but I agree with the fact that most employees, for any job, are not compensated a fair living wage. Prices go up, salaries do not. On the other hand people also need to start realizing that if the money isn't there then they should look for reasons to cut back. Living within your means is just as important as being paid fairly.

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    1. I can agree, but there are people who are cutting back a lot and still not making it. It's getting to the point where sometimes not even cutting back is enough.

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  12. I'd totally not go to school to be the activist, but sadly I'll have to study for my exams, the reasons of which are enforced on us by the government. So yeah. I'd fuck the system, but if I do right now, it'll come back and ass-rape me hard. ):
    Still there's a lot more wrong with the world than the minimum-wage. The system needs to be overthrown, we need some bright- and open-minded people at the top.

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    1. I think if you want to succeed at politics you have to be a ruthless asshole, so the chances of someone who can actually make the changes people want coming in are sadly low. I do think though that we are edging closer and closer to the system being just totally overthrown. Hey you have an insane amount of work, I understand ^^ Just do the bare minimum you have to do and slack of more than usual.

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  13. I'd do this except my classes are done by then.

    And I still don't have a job.

    Sigh...

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    1. Ha awwwww. Good luck getting a job man.

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  14. awesome, just awesome. I wish us Americans were as aware and organized as you European folks. We're not capable of even TALKING about stuff like this over here. Uncle Sam's hyper capitalist machine has us by the BALLS =/

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    1. Nah we aren't that organized either, plus you guys seriously astounded me with your stance on SOPA and I think the whole Occupy movement came from you guys. You're not as bad as everyone makes out. You just have a majority ruining it for you.

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  15. "Occupy____"? Automatic stupid.

    No offense, Mark. (= =____)

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    1. Well the occupy name has been thrown around a lot. None taken really. It just fits in so many places though too.

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  16. I am so with you on this Mark. The under-dogs get very little in this country, as in others that stand up for their rights.
    Hell, they are even making the disabled work or lose their benefits. What are they supposed to do?
    Millions are out of work, and genuinely want to work, but finding a job is so hard to do. FORCING disabled people to find a job is totally ridiculous, there is not enough work to go around with anyway.
    This country is going to the dogs...I may have to go back to Canada, which is even worse!
    STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS...NO ONE ELSE IS GOING TO DO IT FOR YOU! They survived the '70s ok, but it was before I was born, even though there were strikes left,right and centre then.

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    1. Hey if you go to Canada take me with you! You be awesome. I raged at the disability thing as well. There's not much I hate more than having to go to the job centre and being treated like I'm scum for not having a job, when there really are so few freaking jobs. I signed off for quite some time because I just couldn't handle that. We got to stand up, and fight. Like you said, no one is going to do it for us. Keep being awesome :)

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  17. I agree whole heatedly! Stand up for what you believe in, be it through a protest, strike or whatever! Will have to read up about this more.

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    1. Damn straight :) Well done on wanting to get informed as well :)

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  18. How interesting. I saw some graffiti on the side of the highway the other day about a national strike.

    As much as agree that the average working class has been shit on quite a bit these days I don't think a strike is going to do much. The part of the film industry I work in has nearly dried up as of late and most of us are unemployed. When we are working we don't have medical or the means to unionize and on top of that most of us handle toxic chemicals in our day to day work. If any of us complain or leave someone else will eagerly step into our place and work for less money. I think that idealism is an admirable trait for us all to have but many of us have to be incredibly careful of what battles we pick.

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    1. There's graffiti about it? That's pretty damn cool.

      That is quite the horrible situation you find yourself in there :( That's one reason more to fight really. People shouldn't be put through things like that.

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  19. I am not sure what day of the week this falls on, but if I have it off, I will make sure to request to work that day just so that I can strike.

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    1. Yeah you're pretty damn cool. It's going to be on a Tuesday, which is not the British May Day actually. Our May Day isn't the first of May, it's the first Monday. So we get May Day way later.

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  20. Hey, I'm always awesome...and I stand up for my beliefs! ;)

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  21. If someone is unemployed does that mean they have to go to work on that day?

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    1. I think you're allowed to just be extra lazy.

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  22. Hmm... have a job. Non-union factory, but I could easily call in. But I doubt any of my right-wing co-workers would.

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    1. Well then you can call in and laugh at them for working because they're right wing.

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  23. Mark, you would love it here ;-)... it's the land of strikes! I'll have to write a post about how they work - I'm sure people will be entertained.

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    1. Haha well I'm not one for needless and senseless strikes. There is such a thing as an unnecessary strike, but one done right can be a good thing.

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  24. The minimum wage is a pretty big thing here as well. I think it's on, but they're now discussing how much should the minimum wage be. May 1st is a holiday here, though...

    I do hope the 'people' win :)

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    1. Well like I said our May Day is the first Monday of May, so it's not May Day for us. I think there is a difference between a minimum wage and a living wage, and it would be nice if we could get living wages.

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  25. Kinda makes me wish I had a job to strike against. :P (And, yeah, in France, May 1st is Labor Day for them; everything is closed.)

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. I'm not that surprised to see that from the French. Well you could just be lazier than usual :P

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