There needs to be a balance between the weakness of right winger politicians to keep wages balanced and give cost of living adjustments(COLA) + 2-3% real wage increases (RWI). Some of them are left wing and willingly give COLA + RWI of 2-3% annually. So if you give unionists COLA and RWI of 4-5% annually you have a mechanism to ramp ahead of the rest of us and automatic inflation. See what this did to Detroit in the USA and to the American auto unions. It gave a gift of all those autoworkers jobs to the Japanese and Koreans who built roll-on-roll-off (RORO) cargo ships so the old time high freight time and damage costs of importing cars from Japan and Korea were dramatically reduced. These unions lost 90% of their jobs through greed and look where Detroit is now.
The truth is, you can not give one side all the $$, be they union or management. A balance must be struck. What good is it if the company goes broke and the high wages the union wanted are now gone.
Here in Canada an ex-union member is almost unemployable because if he is on strike, and working for pocket money the company know that if he is recalled he will not show up for work the next day = zero notice to the company that hired him. So reference are checked with care, great care.
Metal and coal prices vary greatly. When metal prices fell, there were no super profits any more = so why tax them. A mine is not like a factory. Most mines are good for 10-15 years and are then exhausted. (a rare few last a long time indeed). Coal is common, so when people dig too much the prices fall - as we have seen. What is needed is a way to reduce wages when prices drop and increase them in super profit times. That would allow mines to make money when prices drop instead of closing the mine = zero wages or sales.
Too many left wing miners think money grow from the ground, and too many right wing mine owners want miners to eat coal dust. A middle ground where both live and the money is shared, but this would need statesmen current pols in all countries are just greedy grabbers, like most mine operators as well as mine workers. You need a steady 20-30 years of reasonable wages all the time, in places of high wages- Laid off - high wages - laid off repeat until you die.
True, we run "popularity contests". The capability to manage public affairs is never shown to be present at all.
I seem to recall the Mandarins in China in olden times, had examinations for the civil service. I wonder how the subject of testable qualifications being required before you are nominated passes muster? Also secret ballot, not a public show of hands. The show of hands allows bribers to observe bribees earn their bribe. US Congress and all elected officials need secret ballot.
Alive and well down under... Unless they get a pet judge, the judge will crucify them. I suspect all this hemming and hawing is to try and line up some sort of charge sheet that will syand up to scrutiny. They should give it up as a bad job, and dialog with anonymous to settle the underlying flaws - or they will die the death of 1000 bites.
Yes, the medallion owners force the cabbies to stage these demonstrations. It is true that more cabbies would own and drive cabs once deregulated.
Who needs Uber with free cabbies and an app on a phone. Dial-ins could also be linked to the phones of the drivers via some simple script that made the need known - whence 10 cars would try for it..a need for some sort of central dispatcher of a robotic kind, based on who is available, where the ride is = it picks the closest or the next to share a ride in close proximity situations.
Would more drivers lead to hundreds of unused cabs waiting for rides? Apparently that is what led to medallions with thousands of unemployed WW2 soldiers released in a very short time with no job, but they could drive and they bought junkers. Now the requirement for a car under 7 years old will keep the junkers oyut.
I do not want these new fangled horseless carriages taking passengers away from me and Betsy(my horse). Their smoke fills the air, and they leave nothing for the gardens and sparrows, and in the wintertime youg boys love the frozen amber globes...
LOL, polar opposed POV. The taxi drivers would love to get rid of medallions, as long as they were allowed to drive and use apps for rides, like UBER. UBER has cut the phone - radio link out of the loop and that was the strangle hold the medallion owners and radio systems had on the true drivers. A few drivers own medallions, but are still prey to the radio rip-off.
In effect the cab drivers are proxies for medallion owners.
Medallions cam out of the huge number of soldiers released from the armed forces who know how to drive, Prior to WW2, few people could drive - except tractors. All these farm boy with a $50 depression wreck became free taxi drivers. Fights over fares emerged when one guy hailed a cab, but refused because it was dirty etc, and took another. Out of this glut of drivers emerged taxi limitation laws and the medallion system. They failed to keep the city the owner of the medallions and prices rose.