As if the upcoming strikes weren’t absurd enough already, what with the Kafkaesque tax authorities’ letter-of-the-law bureaucracy strike and all, now we get even more silliness.

ČTK is reporting that the strikes – which are for higher pay – will actually save the government money. How? Because employees participating will not be compensated for the time they spend on strike. In this way, the government stands to save millions.

Every teacher who takes part in the strike will lose around 800 crowns. And with 60,000 teachers expected to take part in the one-day walkout, the state could save as much as 50 million crowns ($1.75 million USD).

Maybe this is how the French are actually secretly balancing their budget too?