In Wisconsin, dar si in ale cateva state, sindicatele protestează de câteva saptamâni împotriva intentiei autorităților republicane de a introduce o lege prin care drepturi fundamentale – de a negocia colectiv, de a strânge fonduri etc – sunt eliminate, sub pretextul … nevoii de a „echilibra bugetul”. In context, guvernatorul republican al statului Indiana a numit câteva categorii de salariați, ca de pilda invatatorii, gunoierii, paznicii de inchisori, drept … „elite privilegiate”(!?), acuzandu-le ca au salarii prea mari (!?). Nu va suna cunoscut? Mie da! Reproduc mai jos in original pasajul respectiv din stirea BBC:
„The Republican governor says the move to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights is needed to help balance the recession-hit state budget.
Union protests have hit several states.
Other Republican-led governments have moved to curtail unions by restricting their ability to organise and to raise money.
In Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels on Wednesday called union public sector workers – teachers, rubbish collectors, prison guards and others – „the privileged elite” and suggested their salaries had inappropriately grown while private sector pay had not.
After two weeks of protests, the Ohio Republican government is pushing a bill that would prohibit public workers from going on strike but would not forbid collective bargaining.”