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    Hello everyone,

    I have bought a book about business in Ebay. There are many texts and exercises in it, but unfortunately no answers. So it is possible that I often need your help. Thanks in advance.

    Here is my first question:

    One part of this book is about Strike.
    There's a text and questions to the text. One paragraph of the text is:

    Mabel Richards, a Ford workers's wife at Dagenham, says: "The next time my Tom strikes, I will strike too. I'm sick to death of strikes. They're not only crippling the country and sending up the cost of living, they're also making life unbearable for wives and mothers."

    What does "they're not only crippling the county" mean? What is the meaning of "mothers" in that context. Are the mothers of the workers mean, or are the wives, who's also mothers, mean.

    One question of the text is:
    In what ways may strikes make life unbearable for wives and mothers?

    I have no idea about this. Mabal Richard says that the strikes were not only sending up the cost of living, they were also making life unbearable for wives and mothers. So the answer couldn't be the less money they have.

    I would be very glad, if can give me some advices and corrections.

    Thanks in advance,
    Dany

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    Lost productivity through strikes will have a negative effect on the economy, which drives up the cost of living. It sounds as if they are talking about the 1970s, when British car companies were always on strike, losing orders, not meeting deadlines, and going bankrupt. This is what is meant by 'crippling the country'. Productivity was low, as was quality with all the disruptions, so no one wanted to buy British cars. That's why our car industry disappeared. I presume the use of mothers is to include unmarried workers, to show that all women were affected by the strikes.

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    Thank you for your help, Tdol.

    You were right, the text is about the strikes in the 1970's


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    You're welcome, Dany.

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