The Question (NCE 21 March) raised some interesting responses regarding the idea of going on strike. Here is a word of warning for anyone thinking that it is worthwhile.
Last year social services in Edinburgh went on strike for better pay. Every day that the employees were on strike, they lost a day's pay. In the end they were rewarded with a minor increase in salary - paid for by the savings made in not paying for the days not worked and by the interest accrued on the unpaid salaries that the council had sitting in the bank!
The answer for any engineer who wants higher pay, and who is worth their salt is in the back pages of NCE. The country needs 76,000 new recruits a year. Find the remuneration that you are looking for and then tell your present employer that you have had a better offer.
You might get lucky and be offered an increase (get it in writing) or you might have to say goodbye.
So if you are happy with what you earn, great. If not, get out there and let others know what you are capable off.
Otherwise stop whining.
Michael Woods, WSP Development, Croythorn House, 23 Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 3TP