Posted by: Nathan M. | January 29, 2009

Stop Working…That’s Sure to Get the Economy Going.

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France responds to economic downturn with a general strike
People everywhere talk about the economic crisis, but the French, in their way, are doing something about it. France has come to a near standstill for a one-day general strike, the CBC’s David Common reports from Paris.
“Today is being called Black Thursday here in France, and with good reason,” Common reports. “Here’s just a partial list of the things that are closed or in limited service: the metro, buses, trains, airports, hospitals, schools, government offices, post offices — the list goes on and on.”
Thierry Dedieu, a leader of one of country’s major labour groups, the Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail, put the protesters’ view this way: “We want to show that people are dissatisfied at the moment. We don’t want to have to pay for a crisis that we’re not responsible for.”
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Am I the only one that sees the irony and ridiculousness of this situation? The economy is going down-hill, companies are losing ground and laying people off, people are losing millions in stocks, so the French people decide to stop working, in order to…what? Pull more money from the economy? Ensure more difficulties for stock-holders and investors? Create an even more steep fall of spending? The claim is being thrown around that the economy crash is not the fault of the labourers-have I somehow missed something? Am I not correct in believing that it is the labourers that do the buying in this country? And, furthermore, was it not the workers and middle/low class people who took out a whole lot of loans and mortgages that they couldn’t afford to pay, and thus put the banks in the bad situation that they are in now? Don’t try to pass the buck people, we’re all in this together. If you want to help the economy, then start working harder and taking more effort to help your company, rather than working to get something for yourself. Tell your boss that you don’t want a raise, because you would rather keep your job for many years and get paid your present amount, rather then get a raise and see the company go belly-under in a year. Don’t stop spending, don’t hoard your cash, but don’t spend what you don’t have either. Stop trying to suck dry the company you work for, and instead try to help it. If you do this, two things will happen: first of all, the company you work for might survive, and second; you will probably get a promotion and get paid more anyways. An employer isn’t interested in promoting people who are entirely interested in what they can do for themselves: an employer is interested in promoting people who want to help the company. A little less selfishness, a little more responsibility, and our economy will turn around.

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