‘We simply don’t get paid enough to do this job,’ explained trade union leader Patience Jefferson, ‘with the state of the economy and all the government cuts there’s always some group that want a strike organised somewhere. We’re on demand 24/7, it is simply ludicrous. Our current wage just about covers the cost of fire bins.’
The bosses and other union personnel plan a day of inaction in the summer of 2012.
‘This seemed the perfect time to go on strike, as this is generally when everyone else wants to what with the nice weather and all. We are determined to make sure the economy of the country and the lives of its people are in no way affected by any sort of inconvenience for this one day at least and will continue to make life run smoothly with further strikes until something is done. We will not tolerate these conditions anymore.’
Strikeforless, Manufacturers of badly written placards and rusty bins, are demanding action but the government was quick to speak out.
‘We will not bow down to such threats. If the country has to have a completely strike free summer then so be it, we’ve survived such things in the past and can do so again. Nobody went on strike during the Blitz and we got through that relatively unscathed.’