Strike for more than a week in a row, c’est normal, c’est la France!
Yesterday, I finally knew how it feels to be a victim of the typical French strike (read: la grève). Since the labour law project (le projet de la loi El-Khomri) was announced on February 2016, strike is becoming a weekly basis in some French public services. But last week the situation was such a nightmare. Lots of private companies were doing strike as well (not mine). Even one of the town in France, Le Havre, was paralysed after they blocked access to get into town.
I’m OK with people doing strike as long as they do it properly and do not take other people’s right. I mean, you can do strike in front of the government offices or kidnap and ask them with thousands questions (I’m kidding!) – I mean, meet them and talk or arrange a public debate until you get what you need. But, what did you get by blocking the main access to the town, burning tires, and vandalising the ATM machine?
If I were the ATM machine I would say: what’s wrong with you? I don’t even know about the labour law, I didn’t do anything wrong to you, I supply you money and you did this to me? Like really?
The worst thing is they currently block the access to the petrol refineries, which impact fuel shortages around the region. I heard from the news that last week people were queuing for hours to get the fuel, and some of them were queuing for nothing. I thought the strike would be over on Friday, because normally it just last for one day or two, but apparently they are still on going, because government still didn’t change anything (typical).
Long story short, yesterday was my turn, my car finally needed the fuel, I went to the gas station near office, but I’ve got nothing. I was pretty desperate because all the nearest gas station were closed due to the shortage. My colleagues told me to go to the gas station on the toll road, which is it’s like more than 30 km away from where I was – if I found nothing there, I wouldn’t make it to find another or even to get home. Thankfully I found a mobile application to let me know where I might find some fuel around the town, at least it would be less gambling.
The gas station was on my way home, so just in case I won’t find anything, I will still survive to get home. But, when I got there, I needed to queue at least for half an hour. The gas station was pretty big, they have 8 lines, 3 of them are closed, 5 of them just have some of diesel, unleaded 95/E10, no more super unleaded. Well, I’m lucky enough, I still got my fuel!
In the spirit of participating on today’s prompt – have you ever doing strike? If you did, why and what is all about? If not, would you participate on strike? why?
Me I think, never, it’s not because I don’t care or I don’t like walking too much (lol), but I believe that if you want to change something, you need to be the person who can change something; to be the person who can change something you need the power; to have the power, you need to be smart; to be smart, you need to learn and study; so at the end you can have access to the system and be the person who can change something or at least have influence to change something…