‘Strike while the iron is hot’ came to my mind when I read the Hourly Prompt word ‘Strike’. But the strongest meaning of the word for me is related to workers strikes.
In some European countries striking is a common measure adopted by many workers’ unions to negotiate salaries and conditions.
Earlier today, I was reading an article by a Guardian journalist who traveled to the Greek island of Ikaria, on a propeller plane which had to turn back to Athens without landing due to strong winds. The ferries were not operating due to a strike so the passengers had to wait until the next day to fly out again.
In Great Britain strikes no longer have the same power, mostly due to the handling of strikes by Margaret Thatcher’s government. A lot of hardships, conflict and lost livelihoods ensued as a consequence of those major and mostly failed strikes.
I have some recollection of how tense the miners strikes were and how those who broke the picket lines were despised by the strikers, with friendships often lost forever.
One thing that was clear after Mrs Thatcher’s recent death is that the hatred felt by miners and other workers did not diminish in any way in the several decades since the strikes.
The Iron Lady’s impact on striking cannot be underestimated especially when compared to the influence strikes had in the past or to the power they still have in parts of Europe.
This started as free writing but I sort of lost my way towards the end.
Hourly Prompt @hourlyprompts : Strike