I've been a union member all my working life, and agree with the principles when used SENSIBLY. But there are too often those with very little common sense and a militant nature that give the unions and union mentality in general a bad press. I know in this case the unions do not appear to have had much hand in the strikes, but I don't understand the mentality of people striking to get jobs back? I can't think of a single example of of a strike that has forced an employer to re-instate redundant workers. My company has lost over 50% of our workforce in the last 8 months, in case these guys haven't noticed the world is in a recession and the days of companies keeping huge staff levels unnecessarily are, for the forseeable future, gone. It's very hard to see friends and colleagues leave work after being made redundant, I'm fed up of shaking hands with them lately and understand entirely that it is a hard situation. But the world is what it is right now, and many, many people are in exactly the same position, and the remaining workforce striking will only make matters worse, not better.