There is unrest among public sector workers – not just here in the UK, but in the USA too. More specifically, in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, where GOP dominated State Senates are moving to significantly reduce employees’ rights, such as access to collective bargaining.
Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker has been more or less unyielding, and has claimed that the state is “broke”, has been at the forefront. State Democrats left for neighbouring Illinois to prevent the move, which required a quorum as it was a finance bill, being enacted, but Republicans have removed the fiscal provisions and so passed it anyway.
Michigan is also moving a similar bill, and Indiana is expected to follow suit. So the protests at the Rotunda of Madison, Wisconsin, which had previously died down, have now re-started with some ferocity: ordinary folks such as teachers, firefighters, librarians and cleaners have descended on the building.In order to try and marshal opinion in their favour, the right leaning part of the media in the USA has been reduced to demonising these people. No prizes for figuring out that in the vanguard of this demonising have been our old friends at Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse).