It wasn't an easy decision,but we've been asking for a decent wage for years.Now at last people are beginning to listen to us.We're only asking for a 25 percent increase in our wages.250 dollars a week,that's all.It's a pity so many people have to be inconvenienced by our strike.But please don't blame us.Blame the government for refusing our claim.
It's totally unreasonable to demand so much money when we are trying desperately to control inflation.If wages go up,so do prices.If we gave in to the electricity workers,all the other unions would want more,with the inevitable result that the crisis would become uncontrollable.What we're trying to impress upon everybody is that inflation hurts everybody,especially the poor people.
We offer the electricity workers a lO percent increase.And that's already too much.My stand at this meeting will be to persuade the Union to see reason.
Everybody will be hurt by this strike,including the electricity workers themselves.The econo my will be destroyed and many people will lose their jobs.Already people are saying that the big unions have too much power and shouldn't be allowed to strike..Of...course the electricity workers want to get more money.Don't we all?
My opinion is"Get the Army in".All the power managed by the army.The strikers should be thrown into prison.That's what this country needs.Why must we all sufl
just because a few men are greedy?If they don't like their jobs,nobody's forcing them to worl hey should try and live on 50 dollars a week like I have to.Perhaps they'd keep their moutl shut then.
Let's face it.It's neither here nor there.The electricity workers are in a strong position.Perhaps we can't do anything about it.What I say is:let them have their 9-50 dollars so we can rerun to work.I mean,the government wastes the taxpayers'money all the time on trivial things.How can anyone say 250 dollars is"too much"?Pop singers get more.Nurses get less.It's just one ot those things.
Now match each of the persons(36-40)to the appropriate statement.
Note:there are two extra statements.
A.A 10%increase is already too much,and I'm here to persuade the Union to see reason.
B.1 I hope that strikes should be banned in all sectors relaring to the nation's security and stability.
C.We will never go back to work until our goals are achieved.
D.I think that the government should give in to the electricity worker's demands.
E.I strongly suggest that all the power stations should be run by the army and that the strikers should be put into prison.
F.I must make you clear that strikes will destroy the economy and that many people will lose their jobs.
G.We are forced to call a strike because the government rejected our wage claim.
参考答案：1.G 2.A 3.F 4.E 5.D