This strike should never have gone ahead but the local authorities should have made the best of a very bad situation. Tourist are not cattle who can be bused and taken anywhere with little explanation. They are the people who have made this island one of the wealthiest places in Europe. I feel this has been forgotten. Industrial disputes are one thing but firm and positive action was needed to counterbalance the effects of this wicked strike.
It is quite laughable to hear the local authorities, talking about going upmarket and trying to reduce tourism. And of course there is the famous tourist tax. Many of the people I spoke to at the airport said that they would not be returning. I am sure that some survey will be released over the next week saying that the majority of holidaymakers were not really affected by the strike and after all, industrial disputes happen all over Europe etc. But this is not the point. This island used to be known as the isla de la calma. I sincerely hope that those days will soon return.
Majorca is a fantastic place but our principal industry is being milked to the bone. Perhaps the city council should re-launch its campaign, a tourist a friend. And I don't think any local government official should moan about buses clogging up the road, because yesterday there weren't any.
I would like to end this viewpoint on a high note. Praise for the reps who were definitely in the front line and if the effects of the strike are not severe, then it will be thanks to them.
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