Strikes in Europe
Despite yesterday’s largest demonstrations in France for over a decade, the French government are continuing with their plans for economic recovery.
More than a million people took to the streets in a dozen French cities yesterday, protesting against detoriating economic conditions. Today 700 workers at a Scottish oil refinery walked out on an unofficial strike. The workers have been unimpressed at the arrival of hundreds of foreign contracters from Portugal and Italy.
Do you believe that your country should concentrate on protecting jobs for its own citizens? And if it’s each country for themselves, would you for example, only buy products manufactured by your own country?
Are increasingly low salaries and rising unemployment about to unleash a wave of global civil unrest? Have you noticed signs of organised revolt in your own community?
Wall Street bankers took $20 million of bonuses in 2008 and President Obama is not happy. “There will be time for them to make profits, and there will be time for them to get bonuses,” the President said. “Now’s not that time. And that’s a message that I intend to send directly to them.” Senior management at the BBC will not receive a pay rise or bonuses until 2010 whilst car maker Honda is about to close its UK base for four months affecting over 3000 employees. Staff there will be on full pay for the first two months then a part time salary for the second two.
Should we accept that we are lucky to be employed in the current climate and not expect bonuses? Did you receive a bonus last year and if so did you feel it was right to accept it? And do you believe we will ever see a return to a booming bonus culture?
A Republican black leader?
The US Republican party may be about to choose their first ever black leader today. The two main black candidates are former Maryland lieutenant-governor Michael Steele, and former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell. Is black leadership a new political fashion? Are parties reinventing themselves for the new political era?