We all love a bit of nostalgia. In our super-fast world of the internet, Apple watches and streaming of TV shows and movies, we all like to reminisce when things were a little simpler when information came from books and magazines, clocks only told the time and we were spoilt by the addition of a fourth TV channel.However, looking at the past through rose-tinted glasses doesn’t mean things were better – unless of course you’re a union official. These guys not only love the past but clearly live in it too. We escaped a rail strike last weekend, but it looks like it’ll be on the cards for 10 June when Network Rail workers who are members RMT Union evoke the spirit of the 70s and 80s with a 24-hour walk out. A bank holiday strike would have been bad enough, but slap bang in the middle of the working week will just bring chaos to the thousands of people trying to get to work to earn an honest day’s pay and have a negative impact on the nation’s enterprising businesses. I was due to welcome a long-standing supplier of mine from the north, who was planning a day in the capital meeting a number of his London-based clients, but the strike is causing him to scrap his trip. Seeing as we’re being a little nostalgic, to paraphrase the 1950s US TV series Naked City, “There are eight million stories in the city, this was just one of them”. From everyday commuters to those travelling by train to seal a deal, it won’t only be the train wheels that grind to a halt that day. Thankfully, the government intends to change the law so a small number of trade union leaders can’t hijack the country by calling strikes that their members don’t feel strongly enough about to even cast their ballot.
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