Someone once suggested to me that if all the secretaries and typists in the country went on strike for a week, the economy would collapse. This power has remained unrecognised. Why? Well, you might wonder, why on earth should they go on strike? The working conditions are OK, the pay's not bad — well not that bad! — the hours are fairly

flexible and there are office parties; it's clean and there's no one standing over you checking and timing your work all the time. In any case, why rock the boat, especially if you're going to leave work after a few years to have children, and after all, it is better than working in a shop, or even a factory. Is it? I wonder.