If teachers are allowed to strike, should firemen, policemen and paramedics be allowed to strike?
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It sounds like your argument is that since policemen and firemen are not alowed to strike, neither should teahcers, which is confusing based on the debate title. If that is, in fact, your argument, here is my rebuttle: I think it should be the opposite. All government employees, such as teachers, policemen, and firemen, should be allowed to strike, and it is because they serve critical roles in society that if they are receiving an unfair wage or benefits, they should be allowed to protest it. if someone has a critical job in our society, they ought to have a large wage and good job benefits, and if the government doesn't give them these things, they should be able to strike for them.
Say that wages and conditions were good when the person applied but after some time they got worse. Say the wages and conditions were poor but the person thought it was their moral duty to take up the job. These are things you must consider. America is a country based on freedom, and one of the liberties we have is the ability to protest unfair conditions. Do you think it would be fair if someone who served such an essential role to society as a teacher, fireman, policeman, etc. was paid minimum wage and got no job benefits? Does that seem fair or morally responsible? If that happened to be the case, don't you think that the workers should ab allowed to do something about that? Striking is the best way of doing this, especially if the job is more important. The government should realize that these types of people deserve good pay and benefits, and if they fail to provide those things, they must ackgnowledge the risk of these critical employees of the state striking. Also, have you seen the pay surgeons get? It's unreal. I would wager that surgeons will not ever have to strike about unfair wages or benefits. Same goes for just about any privately run service that is essential to the people of this country.
I see that this is a bit of a hard issue for you at the moment, so I will make my final statement brief. As a Socialist, I believe that everyone should have at least decent living wages and good benefits for their jobs, so long as they do work. If this is violated by whomever is handing out the paychecks and supplying the benefits, it should be the workers right to protest it through strike, no matter what their job is. It should be the state's job to make sure all wages are automatically high enough that anyone can make a living and that benefits are good enough that if someone could not pay for something like a medical bill, they are covered for the most part. So, I believe that all workers, regardless of job, should be able to strike for better conditions but that the government should make sure that they don't have to, and if they fail to do this, they must accept that people will strike.
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