The bus drivers here in Liège are on strike, again.
It's a wildcat strike, again.
Do you want to know why all the bus-drivers have decided not to drive their buses? Because another bus driver was found by a judge to be at fault for his actions when he hit another motorist and hurt them while he was working. This, rightfully was considered a "faute grave", meaning he could be fired for it.
In my eyes, if you go on strike to support someone who has already been found guilty of a serious fault, it is the same as saying "If I had committed a serious error while on the job, one that hurt someone else and demonstrated an extreme lack of attention to professionalism while working, I would expect to keep my job and not be punished."
It is ridiculous that all the bus drivers in the Liège region are not driving, and will not be driving for FOUR DAYS because of this. Not only this but they did not follow procedure in giving the public advance notice about the strike, so now they are ALL, (not only in their show of solidarity with their guilty colleague but also in striking without notifying the public,) being grossly unprofessional. It hurts the image of the TEC (the public transport company), it hurts the students who can't get to school, it hurts the workers who can't get to work, and it hurts the economy. Who wins? Nobody. Everyone loses. It is the most pointless strike ever.
All this to try and protect someone a judge has already found guilty.
This was not the intended purpose of socialism and the labour movement, and judging by the comments left on the websites of local newspapers covering the matter, most of the (non bus-driving) natives of the region are as disgusted as I am by the stupidity of it all.
More about my chocolate course soon... (I'm uploading photos and video from it onto my computer now!)