January 29th, 2009
|05:51 pm - 终于解放了 / LIBERATED AT LAST!!|
Can it be...?!
IT'S TRUUUUUUUE!! After more than a month of entrapment, 我们被解放了/WE'VE BEEN LIBERATED!!
(Aka, the bus strike is OVER!!)
Stupid union, paralyzing the city for more than a month. You want respect? I'll show you some bloody respect...
Wow, a whole month. The last time we had a transit strike it lasted about four days. My physics teacher gave a midterm anyway.
Actually I just did a quick count and it's about 50 days, so closer to 2 months. Sucks because it caught us right in the middle of Xmas season, winter snow/cold/ice, and exams for the students back in December. Our university was forced to start shuttle services so students can get to classes and also a temporary housing service for students living far away, man I'm so happy it's ended.
I was walking home from class today and this guy in the passenger seat of this car had his head out the window screaming "THE BUS STRIKE'S OVERRRRRRRRRRRRR!" all down the street, you'd think a war's ended or something, lol.
Unions are such an annoying thing, dontcha think? They should disband right now and allow their corporate masters to own their ass as they please ^__^
It depends on the union, and this one is an annoying thing. The workers get paid 60-100K/year and decided to strike during the busiest time of year, in the middle of winter and an economic recession because they want a raise, are unhappy they can't choose the route of which they drive and scheduling concerns. Bullshit, how many service sector jobs get paid a hell of a lot less, still have to deal with crappy customers and can't pick and choose their shifts?
Besides, the transit isn't owned by a corporation, it's owned by the government. As luck would have it, since the Ottawa transpo crosses the borders of 2 provinces it's ruled under the federal government which got suspended for 2 months because the stupid moronic parties can't agree and almost triggered another election (after we JUSt spent 300million on one in October). So we didn't have a federal government to legislate these guys back to work and the entire city got paralyzed. The drivers are paid by OUR tax-dollars and now if they get their bloody raise it means fares will go up AGAIN and most people who take public transit aren't exactly millionaires to begin with.
Yeah unions were good at the beginning because it gave workers a say in their working conditions. It prevented top execs from exploitating them, but this is getting ridiculous. No one was beating these bus drivers, they're getting paid more than enough to live on, no one's making them toil 24 hours a day with no rest, yeah some customers are bitchy morons but it's the service sector, suck it up and deal. Besides it's not as if after this strike the customers' attitudes are going to get better, if anything I'd think on the first few days they'll be hearing a lot of under-the-breath swearing as people get on the buses. They have a right to strike meaning the entire population of Ottawa has to suffer? Traffic gets jammed every morning as people usually taking the bus now have to take taxis or drive cars, taxis are impossible to get since everyone needs them now, I've had friends spend insane amounts of money on taxis to get to and from work and school, families are disrupted as parents have to become personal taxi services, espcially for the people living outside the central Ottawa area like Orleans and Kanata that can take an hour to get downtown.
At this time I have absolutely no sympathy for the OCTranspo union. Yes, I think they should be disbanded. The service should be declared an essential service and not allowed to strike. They've proven that they will only abuse this right of their's and therefore it should not be given to them. They have their rights, we have our's, our right to a fully functioning city.
Glad you clarified this. I mean, your initial post wasnt giving much info...
Well I wasn't in the mood to write out a huge long essay since it's my personal journal and not a politics community. I was just up for expressing my joy that the damn strike was over and a few sentences sufficed.