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What constitutes of a success of strike?

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai Dehiwela.

This Sunday (5.10.2008) papers carried an article that the recent railway strike was a success because only a few trains ran on that day. How silly!

The success of a strike is in achieving the intended results. If the strikers got what they wanted then they can claim the strike to be a success. Mere numbers =96 whether the people who attended the strike or the number of the trains that ran or the damage that was caused do not constitute a success.

They can claim they flexed their muscles effectively, but whether they achieved what they wanted remains to be seen. Those who strike for any reason must remember this. Otherwise, as it often happens nowadays it is a matter of paying money and booze and getting more people to participate, even though the participants do not have anything to do with the cause of the strike, and causing inconvenience to the common man who had nothing to do wit the problem in the first place. .

If the people realize this we will have less of unnecessary noisy pelapaliyas and strikes and more of discussion and results!


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