This isn't exactly a reply, but a further question.
If not allowed to strike, what sort of bargaining tool SHOULD providers of essential services (such as firefighters, policemen, emergency medical personnel, etc.) have?
On the one hand, strikes by these people have the potential to endanger the public welfare, and it's easy to argue that such strikes should NOT be permitted.But on the other hand, these people are generally doing a dirty, thankless job, often for lower wages than they could earn in less demanding jobs. Why SHOULD they be denied an important tool for negotiating better wages and job conditions?
I don't have an answer---does anyone out there?
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