Having first joined the Institution as a graduate member in 1976, I have been reading the same old litany in the letters page for 23 years.
When are we all going to stop whining among ourselves, pull together with the Institution and actually do something practical to bring about the improvements we all say we want? In house moaning via the letters page simply furthers dissatisfaction and frustration (all too evident in recent letters from Members on both sides).
I would anticipate a few responses of the 'It's OK for him, he's working in the Gulf' genre but that is irrelevant. There is less job security in the overseas market and all expats have to go home some time. The issue is the status of the profession as well as that of the individual engineer. We need more than a concerted publicity campaign to address the former; respectable salaries will go a long way to enhance the latter. Surely we can get our heads together and come up with something ? We do it every day at work so we must be able to do it for ourselves.
All professions are valuable to society in various ways; we are no different. We know what we're worth; after all, we've been telling each other for long enough. Let's stop talking to ourselves; it's pointless. We already agree on this. We must get off our backsides, tell everyone else and demonstrate our value and worth to society. Until we do so we deserve nothing more.
Perhaps we should just stop designing, building, operating and maintaining things for a while . . . oops; did I come a little close to using the word 'strike' there?
Lester McIlwaine (M), PS Parsons International Ltd, (Emirates Hills Project), PO Box 9123, Dubai, UAE.