Thursday, 21 June 2012

Strike!

So today is the BMA strike.  We discussed this in our partnership recently and decided against industrial action. Apart from anything else it is such bad pr for a profession already frequently targeted by the Daily Mail amongst other media.

Steve Fuchs from the Christian Medical Fellowship wrote a helpful piece at the time of the ballot to aid Christian GPs think through the issues. He concluded..
So, in Christian workplace ethics, obedience and service are vital, putting the interests of others first, standing up for what is right, but seeking to honour our employers, and in so doing honour God. We serve God ultimately through serving the needs of our patients in obedience to our employers.
I would suggest that after thinking through these questions and the theological principles, there is one last question to ask when making a decision on how to vote, namely will I be honouring God in taking or not taking industrial action in this instance?
Finally, I would urge all CMF members in the BMA to vote in this ballot after weighing up these issues. To not vote is to tacitly accept the decision finally reached by the majority, but only those who actually vote can shape that final decision.
History, in the end, is only made by those who actually turn up!
Read the whole thing here. Another helpful contribution cam the from Urban Pastor with advice to Christina teachers considering strike action.
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