Several public sector unions simultaneously deciding to hold strikes in the run-up to Christmas, one of the busiest times of the year, is no coincidence. Even if there's space for sympathy, workers are being used as pawns in an attempt by unions to gain political power. However, with the UK having grown in affluence and consumer expectations since the raging trade unionism in the 1970s, unions shouldn't expect similar success.
Public opinion surrounding the strikes has shifted unavoidably due to the potential disruption to Christmas plans. However, morally backing the strikes is still the right thing to do. These essential workers face a government trying to nickel-and-dime them out of a necessary and well-deserved pay increase, all while dealing with record-high inflation. Even if it inconveniences Brits, it's important to secure fair pay and pensions for workers across the UK.