Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A sense of entitlement

30th of November will be a momentous day for some, it's my good lady's and my first Granddaughters birthday, though I suspect a lot of people in the UK will associate it with another attempt by the left leaning public service unions to keep the publics cash flowing in their direction.
You have to wonder a little at the seeming right of entitlement by the public sector workers to the publics cash to top up their pension schemes. In effect they are trying to protect what I suppose is a state of status quo in which people like me who work in the private sector are being asked to support those who can retire early on an index linked pension whilst the rest of us who earn less and are going to be forced to retire at 67 sooner than we like and get poorer pensions to boot.
They seem to believe they'll have overwhelming public support (unlikely) and that somehow or other the government will just magic up the means to pay them, after all that's what the government to in the weird and wacky world of the left where money just grows on trees and doesn't come from the pockets of those who actually produce something rather than
*Can't really see a problem with this at all...
More than one million public sector workers in England, including teachers and civil servants, are set to strike on Wednesday over changes to pensions.
About 90% of the 22,000 state schools in England are likely to be closed, the government said.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said public sector workers had seen a "triple assault" on their pensions.
The government said the cost of public service pensions had risen by a third in a decade so changes were needed.
The impact of the strikes will be felt across the country, with some flights expected to be delayed, health and care services affected and many public buildings closed. 
Oh I'm sure there's a case to be made about honouring a contract for those who joined the public services, I'm also sure the unions will screech on about nurses, policemen, firefighters etc and quietly ignore the diversity co-ordinators and five a day supervisors who also suckle at the public teat and whom tales of startling inefficiency, absenteeism and plain old skiving often come to light in various surveys. Not that the private sector is immune from such things, just it is usually swiftly dealt with and rarely endemic.
I expect both sides to claim a victory tomorrow, though I suspect that a lot of careful analysis of the protests will also be done by both sides to see what the general level of support is.
Either way, the only losers will as ever be the long suffering public.

*Caution, use of irony in progress.

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Anonymous said...

I am a public sector worker and I did strike that day.but please hear me out first before you flame me,Yes I agree that major cuts have to be made,but it burns my piss that the govt says there`s no more money available to pay our pensions BUT there`s enough money available to earmark £12billion for foreign aid next year,plus the £48million a day for the EU not to mention the war in Afghanistan,whats that costing us?that money would be better spent and our brave soldiers better used securing and defending our own borders