What do teachers, doctors, airport staff and postal workers have in common? The answer is… strikes. And when people ‘down’ tools, it can cause big problems.
However, the severity of those problems can vary. For example many people might be unaffected during postal strikes, especially if they aren’t waiting on any letters. But what about people waiting for something important? Or about those who rely on the postal service for their work?
And should people in the emergency services, such as doctors, be allowed to strike at all?
We want to hear what you think.
Before you comment, try to consider both sides of the argument:
Many workers strike because they believe that they are working in unfair or unsafe conditions. How important is it that they get to protest about this? What might happen if they can’t?
And who might think that striking is not the right thing to do? For example, how might different people be affected by strikes?
We’d also like to hear about strikes in your area – so please try to include examples from your local news in your answers. As always, read what others have said first because you might be able to reply to another comment with your ideas.