This week NHS staff had imposed upon them yet another one percent wages increase. The rest of the public sector, including us, finds itself in the same position. Our wages have fallen by about fifteen percent since the start of the financial crisis. At the same time a government report shows that Scotland's financial picture is very gloomy indeed, with a massive deficit opening up thanks mainly to the collapse in the oil price. I am not making any point here about independence, for or against, my point is that, given the current outlook, how do we as a profession proceed? The fall in our living standard is, I think, permanent - or for many years to come at least - unless we take militant action. If we don't start thinking about a strategy now, we will never see a decent wage rise again for the government or COSLA is determined to keep the pressure on us to pay for the banking crash. To be honest, I see no sign of this happening for the unions are keeping their right heads down and hoping for the best. Yet a general rise in wages is exactly what the economy needs to lift it out of the doldrums. (By the way, that the is case right across the EU where the authorities are scared out of their wits at the prospect of deflation.) Teaching unions at the very least need to mount a joint campaign arguing the rational case for a rise in wages. They should not accept the austerity orthodoxy of either the Tories or the SNP but agitate and seek agreements with other public sector unions with a view to mounting a struggle. I am up for it for I am sick of being expected to do ever more for diminishing returns. Our leaders need to start earning their corn, they should forget all their other activities from promoting The CfE, CPD courses and even advertising holidays and get on with the only thing that I really care about, my income.