Friday, April 08, 2005

It's not about "need", it's about "can"

I'm not sure whether Mayor David Miller is being purposely coy in his reaction to the implending TTC strike: - TTC workers set to walk out Monday

Says Miller:

“We don’t need a strike, a strike isn’t necessary"

Surely he should know that a strike isn't about "need", it's about "can". The ATU have weak and compliant prey in the form of the City and the TTC. They feel that they can get more $$$$ by striking, and they are probably right. Even though the TTC has already offered outrageously generous terms, the ATU don't want to leave any money on the table.

If I were in there shoes - i.e. negotiating will the likes of Moscoe, Miller and minions - with a mealy-mouthed McGuinty at the provincial level unlikely to force a roll-back to a sensible 2% increase - I'd be doing exactly the same thing.

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