Do they strike in France ?

Well yes, sometimes for good reasons, sometimes for no reason at all.

In French strike is “GRÈVE”.

The French do have a bad reputation for striking and at lightning speed. The Métro in Paris and the SNCF (the trains) are good examples. A strike may be launched for next to no reason and the whole country comes to a total stand-still.

Workers unions retain a strong position of power, not only in the civil service but also the private sectors such as the farmers and truck drivers. Roads can be blocked, tonnes of grapes can be dumped on the road and Mayors can be walled into the town hall from the outside.

I’ve seen people having to leave home at 4 am to get to work at 9am because there are no trains, buses or taxi’s, with freezing temperatures.

I’ve seen workers ready to blow blow-up factories trying to save their jobs as the investors run off with government grants (tax money ).

I’ve seen nurses receiving no salary as they fight for hospital beds to heal the sick.

I’ve seen fishermen blocking harbors because they can no longer earn a living because of a decision by person in the EEC who has never been to the seaside.

I’ve seen the Police and Firemen hitting other Policemen as they fight for better conditions.

I’ve seen university students, school students and teachers pleading for more classrooms.

I’ve seen manifestations of retired people who can no longer pay heating bills.

Have you every seen homeless people asking for a bit of food, and shelter ? Who live in a tent to stop the rain, as they camp along the banks of the river Seine.

There are also other ways to strike, some strike for gold in the Olympics, many of these people are own know to us all and practice a sport only pleasure (and of course ambition) with very little financial benefit.

In football there are two methods in striking, we all know about striking as in shooting, striking for goal. This week we have learned about another method.

Strike and not play but get payed.

These are difficult times for many people throughout the world. The least we can expect from the French football team is to “STRIKE HOME”, and with the money most of these top players earn, pay back some of those who are in need and stricken out by our modern way of life.

Let’s hope for a different way of thinking in 2014.