Posted by Editors on June 13, 2008 at 10:55 am
Shell workers today begin a strike that could leave one in ten pumps dry, say the Telegraph. While many complain that drivers are overpaid, they insist that their wages have not risen since 1992.
In chapter 3 of The Gods that Failed, Larry and Dan discuss the strikes of the 70s and 80s, and the correlation between the development of the free market economy and strike action. They quote Bernard Levin:
‘Has he [Edward Heath] any idea what a man earning £20 a week feels when he sees speculators about to make untold millions by befouling Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden and indeed any other bits of any other city they can get their hands on?’ (Times, May 30 1972)
Despite government warnings not to panic buy, the Times reports a rush on petrol stations yesterday.