Thursday, 29 March 2012

Don't panic Captain Mainwaring

The tanker drivers are threatening a strike.  We're all on tenterhooks waiting for the seven day strike warning whilst draining petrol stations of their supplies.

It's a lesson in how to afford to strike.

You don't get paid when you're on strike.  You can get strike pay from the Union but it's not as much as the wage.

So how do people who claim to be underpaid, afford to go on strike?

If you're a tanker driver it works like this:

  • Threaten to strike but don't set a date.
  • Get the Government so scared that they advocate panic buying.
  • People then panic buy draining petrol stations who will call their suppliers requesting more deliveries
  • Tanker drivers will then be asked to do overtime, at premium rates, to keep up with demand.
  • Everyone will eventually have a full tank of fuel, making a strike ineffective.
  • Wait a bit until people have forgotten about the strike.
  • Leak a confidential report advocating imminent strike.  This whips the nation into panic buying again promoting the same cycle of demand prompting overtime.
  • Don't strike on date in confidential leaked report "because it was leaked."
  • When you have earned enough to weather a strike then choose a juicy bank holiday weekend to wreak havoc.

Of course I could be wrong...

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