OPINION

An abhorrent abuse of power

When public transport workers went on strike for several weeks, causing an enormous amount of trouble for people trying to get around, everyone wondered how they could withstand such an enormous loss of wages.

The answer to the quandary came when it was revealed that they had taken advantage of all sorts of laws and regulations in a marginally legal manner so that the books would show that only certain specialized employees were on strike at any given time, even though the overall effect was complete paralysis of public transport.

Over at the Public Power Corporation, whose employees also held lengthy strike action, the administration has come up with another ingenious way for its employees to stay off the job for as long as they like without suffering the consequences in their bank balances, by spreading the lost wages over a long period of time in the form of a loan.

Such shenanigans allow hardcore unionists to behave as abhorrently as they want and not to have to think twice before they choose their own interests over the public good.