I turned the TV on our nostalgic channel and there was an introduction of an episode of On The Buses; it stated that this episode (and others? Dont know cause I tuned in too late) was recorded in black and white due to a TV colour strike?? Would that be a BBC TV Colour strike? Anyone? I just thought this was rather peculiar to read..who would invent a colour strike? Or did it have to do with the workers union?
Whilst that article says there was action in 1973 that affected both the BBC and ITV, it apparently did not go as far and the actual colour production was not affected as management agreed to raise the wage.
I knew strikes were the norm back in the seventies with memories of sitting in candle lit rooms due to a power strike, or queueing round at the Co-op with my mother having heard they were expecting bread deliveries again following industrial action at the nearby bakery which served the County. Saving power was encouraged, yet it's only recently that I became aware of Public information films and the S.O.S campaign - Switch Off Something.
Unions are odd. Thankfully we've pretty much done away with them here in new Zealand, and those in existence have much less power.
Less power but times when they're needed. Been a member for thirty years and so are the majority of employees in the factory I work in. In that time there was a threat of industrial action only once in 2013 when they offered us an unacceptable pay rise offer despite making a profit of £65 million the previous year and a projected £69 million in 2013. This is a company with a workforce in the region of 1300. We were two hours away from the four UK factories stopping production when the company backed down. I also think the pension plan we have in place is directly down to Union clout.
I take your point regarding the old mentality of the Unions who'd strike at the drop of a hat, but times have changed and compromise is the key to better relations between management and employees.
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 23, 2021 10:42:41 GMT 12
Here in New Zealand most employees are offered individual contracts these days, no collective contract as such. The unions hated the idea as it robbed them of their power, but frankly it has made things much better. Only a few professions retain unions. We still have the occasional doctors and nurses strikes, which the public generally support because the government does not pay them enough. But gone are the days of the huge and disruptive strikes of the past and the union strong-arming, thankfully.