The centuries-old struggle of employers versus employees shows little or no sign of abating. There were two clears signs of that this week. The first was the strike by firemen against changes it says will force firefighters to work longer, pay more into their pensions and receive less in retirement. The second was a call by the NHS Employers organisation calling for a freeze in pay scales in 2014/5. On the face of it the two extremes of the struggle – workers acting because they feel exploited, and employers sending messages that employee costs cannot continue to rise.
Such standpoints, however, only perpetuate the struggle. To resolve the underlying problem you have to think differently or, as Einstein put it, “You cannot solve a problem from the same level of consciousness that created it.” So how can we break free of such entrenched thinking?