Sunday, January 30, 2011

The public sector unions should enact a personal spending strike rather than an actual strike

Trade unions have been meeting to consider striking in response to the public-spending cuts, and the Tories have been rubbing their hands in the hopes of stirring hatred towards the unions and trying to turn public opinion against them.

I've got a better idea - instead of the unions striking, they should ask their members to go on a personal spending strike. They should honour their employment contracts, turn up for work, supply the services they are supposed to, and instead focus their efforts in an area they have absolute discretion - how to spend (or not spend) their after-tax take-home pay.

This is essentially a boycott of the economy at large - Stop eating out, stop buying anything other than essentials, save, save, save, and pay off debts (which is rational as they could lose their jobs, Gideon said so).

After all Osborne thinks spending is bad. So public sector workers should stop spending their after-tax pay. How on earth can he object to that?

A good six months of a co-ordinated boycott by all public sector workers (and anyone else who feels like joining in) should see a contraction of the economy which will precipitate a crisis and a general election by the end of the year.

If we are going to have spending cuts, lets have competitive spending cuts. Lets see who can cut their spending the most, the state or individuals, and which group has the biggest effect on the economy. Why should just one group suffer while others make hay? Things should be spread around, both prosperity and misery.

My message to the unions is to not go on strike - ask your members to be prudent and prepare for the job losses by stopping all their personal spending instead.


DevonChap said...

I think that is called "cutting your nose off to spite your face". Then again you lefties love boycotts no matter how ineffective so knock yourselves out.

You aren't reacting well to a non Labour government are you? Your posts are getting wackier and wackier.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great idea for the public sector parasites to put private sector workers out of work.

Another brilliant policy from the Union led Labour party.

Big Jock Knew said...

" save, save, save, and pay off debts (which is rational as they could lose their jobs, Gideon said so). "

Which will lead to recapitalisation of the banks which should lead them to lend more for investment in the economy.

I think for your idea to work they need to horde the money under the bed.

Julian Ware-Lane said...

The only problem with this is that although I want to see an end to this dreadful coalition government I do not want to trash the economy or make even more people unemployed, which would be the outcome of your suggestion.

snowflake5 said...

DevonChap - there is nothing stopping Tories like you from withdrawing all your savings and spending it all to save Gideon's hide. Knock yourself out, pet!

DevonChap said...

That only works if I'm an unreconstructed Keynesian. There is more to economics than him. Also he said svae in good times, something Labour forgot.