Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Halifax hospital strike

So there's going to be a hospital strike in Halifax as of midnight tonight. 3600 are apparently able to shut down a complex that serves all of the maritimes.

I support the strike. I can think of a couple of reasons.

Every day they are out saves the taxpayers around $1 million dollars. So let them sit a few weeks and it can help with Nova Scotia's financial situation.

I hope it will make people finally realize the folly of setting up a government union monopoly over health care. Where a relatively small number of people can shut down a system that serves a greater population in the millions.

So to that I hope this strike can inspire discussion of real alternatives including privatization. Also then we can have real price discovery as to what this work is worth instead of home team arbitrators dictating absurd and irresponsible 5.1% raises.

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