A numb celebration instead of public anger

A numb celebration when there should be anger and riots. There has got to be something wrong with this picture.

A quote from Wikipedia: “International Workers’ Day (a name used interchangeably with May Day) is a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the international labor movement and left-wing movements. May Day commonly sees organized street demonstrations and street marches by millions of working people and their labour unions throughout most of the countries of the world….”

In Europe there were mass celebrations that in many countries turned violent. Mostly because of the economic situation in the world. But here in Iceland many sh0wed up for the day, unions proudly marched under their logos and flags to celebrate. Some did not celebrate, they protested by making speeches, such as a well known local writer who was silent until the whole thing crashed, a union leader who claimed the society was corrupt, and a group sat down for a coffee house chat with a guest speaker.

The numb celebrations made some people sick, but most of all sad. The union leaders have failed. Iceland was once a proud socialist state, that valued the right to strike, the work ethics of the common worker. Something changed in the last 15 years or so. The unions are in sync with the company owners, the politicians and others who have interests in keeping the wages down, hours long and the public as slaves to the wage.

In very short this is what is going on:

The Union leadership wants this:

1. To keep a full price indexation on all home mortgages and not remove a single thing from the measurement, so when the alcohol, tires, canned soup or what ever gets more expensive, our mortgages get higher and the payments heavier.

A better explanation is here from Wikipedia: “A consumer price index (CPI) is a measure estimating the average price of consumer goods and services purchased by households. A consumer price index measures a price change for a constant market basket of goods and services from one period to the next within the same area (city, region, or nation).”

2. The unions still want the people who take very large paychecks, many times the average wages of the common worker to keep on running the show, as they have so spectacularly managed to drive to to ground, by stop fighting for the people they are employed by, and by taking a stand against the public to abide the wishes of the one who bribes them.

3. The stability agreement made by the unions and government to keep the public from getting their contracts and law bound wage increases. All to take part in the common national task of saving the nation. The value of the currency has fallen so drastically i less than three years, that I have to pay 110% to fill my gas tank on my car in that time.

4. The unions should have one goal, to fight the price indexation and to make life better for the public. Especially since it is the law to be in a union. They fight against the people systematically, by being against the EU, supporting the price index, want to make the public save the banks, and by ruining the pension funds (one of the best pension fund system in the world), and for being corrupt as hell.

In Greece, the public went berserk when the government announced cutbacks. Here we have had the cutbacks, and the layoffs and the inflation and the corruption and on and on and on.

What is the result of the whole issue here?

They unions are outdated and useless. And the public is numb and is lead by the unions, the media and the politicians into numbness. The mantra of the day is not “transparency” anymore, it is “lets not get exited, we all have to share the burden”, but they fail to add…”but only you will really share the burden”

What is the general public thinking???

5. Last but not least, I officially give the unions the finger.


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