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DCon
13-09-2010, 11:13 PM
Looks like their coalition is taking tough decisions rather than talking about taking tough decisions while guaranteeing pay


As the coalition government’s public expenditure cuts loom, the trade unions are baring their teeth. Union leaders are threatening to mobilise public opinion behind a campaign of resistance to the austerity agenda, likening it to the Thatcher government’s unpopular “poll tax”.

The unions have sought to link the lot of public sector workers to the wider welfare of society, claiming that the cuts to public services that result from job losses will fall most heavily on the poor. But to preserve these services they will need to be flexible about the pay and conditions of their members. Discouragingly, pay and pensions are regarded by unions as the “flashpoint” issues.

The government’s spending review may result in substantial public sector job losses.


It is hard to argue that less generous terms would be unfair. The median public sector salary is 12 per cent higher than in the private sector. The advantage widens the lower one goes down the pay scale.


While the unions will not like this, they cannot expect to be exempted from the austerity drive.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d3be5a9e-bf6a-11df-965a-00144feab49a.html

Baron von Biffo
13-09-2010, 11:38 PM
Looks like their coalition is taking tough decisions rather than talking about taking tough decisions while guaranteeing pay

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d3be5a9e-bf6a-11df-965a-00144feab49a.html

Looks like the UK media is going with the same dishonest spinning and spurious comparisons that our lot did. Divide and conquer. let the workers fight each other while the crooks and clowns share the trough.