|Ontario Legislative Building - Toronto (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)|
The Government of Ontario recently imposed a two year wage freeze on teachers and cut back the number of allotted sick days. Not given the right to negotiate, teachers' unions staged a number of one day strikes across the province in December. Labour unrest continues.
Worried about the labour strife between the teachers' union and the provincial government?
Hate to be Mrs. Doom-and-Gloom here, but you ain't seen nothing yet.
The global financial markets are melting down faster than a Fukushima
and thinking that it won't affect Canada is like thinking you can
exchange bodily fluids with Typhoid Mary and not get sick.
Sooner or later the government is going to roll back wages for teachers
and all public service workers.
Roll them back big time.
And when it happens it won't be pretty.
I'd like to think the unions will prepare workers for their choice:
accept massive pay cuts or massive layoffs.
But it isn't the mandate of the unions to read the writing on the wall.
It is the job of an aging Cassandra wailing in the bloggy wilderness.