Will striking make any changes?

Events in last years especially this year when prices of  wheat, corn, etc. went through the roof, price of oil in every stock exchange breaks records and, inflation and many other things have made living of workers from middle and lower class a living hell. All this factors have impelled to go on streets and strike.

Major strikes have happened through whole Europe, from new member states of EU, like Slovenia, to old members, like France, etc. Conditions in which we are living this time almost forced people to demonstrate against them, to take some kind of action, not just in Europe, through hole world.

As I wrote Slovenia is not immune to this situation. And response to that there were demonstrations against government policy, because wages are falling behind raise of prices, life is getting to expensive for majority, and many other reasons. It was one of he biggest demonstrations we had since our independence and in my opinion this shows the real meaning of the sitation.

I’m sure that your country is also a part of this global problem, and perhaps you would like to tell more about situation in which we are now and propositions what is to be done to make things better. Of course I would like to know how is government dealing with this in your countries and how people feel this changes.

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7 thoughts on “Will striking make any changes?

  1. This changes, and with that I mean higher prices effect all levels of our life. For example, being student in Slovenia, as I believe in other countries, is not a cheap thing. Higher rents for apartments, higher food prices, just being fit is expensive and even getting more and more expensive. Can this be solved by going on streets? I don’t know, but we can give a try!!!

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  2. The living conditions in Slovakia are not on a very high level. Even if the economic situation is improving step by step, after adopting euro we can await the rising in prices of almost everything. Anyway, the people in Slovakia seem to be kind of indifferent, of course they use to grumble and complain a lot about the political measures and their way of life but mostly just in their living rooms… they are reluctant to go on streets to protest against something comparing to other countries. Every day we can see some demonstrations on TV but in my country it is not so usual…I think a mass strike can help to solve a problem for sure!

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  3. Firstly rising prices of oil and provisions (corn, wheat, rice) in world market are not in the reach of national government. Increasing need for energy in Asia is causing extra demand for provisions and oil, which will lead to higher price level.
    Secondly national inflation can be affected by monetary or fiscal policy, still being a member in monetary union it’s normal that new members have to go through process of convergence. This is the fact that prices will crow faster than the average standard of life. So joining the monetary union these are the aspects to keep in mind!
    Thirdly demonstrations against national governments are pointless in this question!!!

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  4. True government when country is in monetary union has no influence on monetary policy, still there are other instruments with which it can control prices, as you mentioned, fiscal policy. With right choices and decisions government can control inflation despite of global trends.

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  5. In Germany the government just told the people that the prices for milk increase because of the fact that China imports too much. This would be a usual reaction. However, there were no real strikes of people. Right now the prices for milk products descrease again.

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  6. I just want to add one more information about the milk crisis. In Germany, many farmers stop producing milk and don’t deliver anymore the companies. By doing that the farmers want to achieve to get more money for the milk to produce cost-covering.

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