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Thursday April 24 2008

Indeed:

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was hit by the most wide-ranging wave of strikes in a decade on Thursday, with more than 100,000 public sector employees, from teachers to coastguards, striking against the Labour government.

It was another blow to Prime Minister Gordon Brown after he was forced by party rebels into a humiliating policy reversal over tax cuts on Wednesday and came a week ahead of local elections that will be his first major test at the ballot box.

Driving instructors, job centre workers and employees in pension and benefits offices joined teachers and coastguard operators in the one-day strike over pay. The unions estimated that between 100,000 and 400,000 people joined the action. ...

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Thousands of striking teachers marched through central London in a peaceful demonstration, bearing placards aloft. Public opinion was divided, with many supporting their stand and many others - largely parents - frustrated at the disruption.

I have no wisdom at all to offer about this, and feel little inclination to offer non-wisdom.  But I seem to recall Mr Chalk saying that one day was not nearly enough and would accomplish nothing.  I wonder what he has to say.  Bingo:

If you want something then get everyone together, go on strike and stay out until you get what you believe you deserve. I’d respect that whether I thought the demand was right or wrong because it shows determination, courage and strength.

Half hearted one day efforts can simply be dismissed by the Government. The only reason any schools are closing is because Heads invariably take the easy out and shut the school (invoking the magic genie of ‘Health and Safety’) whether its a millimeter of snow or three teachers not turning up. With the numbers that are usually off sick anyway, most schools wouldn’t even notice.

Yes.  If that’s the worst strikes Britain has had in a decade, then we’ve been pretty strike free.

If I went on strike, Kings Cross Supplementary would collapse in ruins.  Or, maybe not.

UPDATE: Fraser Nelson is also unsympathetic to the strikers.  Guardian blogger Polly Curtis is unsure.