The Government don't care if the Pensioners and Unemployed go on strike!
The coming budget will be interesting. If the Crokepark agreement stands with no further pay cuts for public servants, it can only mean that the unemployed and the pensioners will face cuts.
80% of expenditure goes on education, health and welfare. If wage rates are falling and must continue to fall to build competitiveness then welfare must be slashed.
Any strike by the unemployed or the pensioners would be largely disregarded by the Government as they don't care if they strike.
Will the Government review the generous tax allowances for retired people.
If there is a review of Crokepark the unions will have to face the Government down if they are not to see their members realize that their union subscriptions are a waste of money.
In reality all the unions can secure is a few weeks with no pay for their workers should they strike plus a lot of blackouts to services for the public.
Far easier for an uncaring Government to target the unemployed and the pensioners.