Yet more unrest in the public sector. This time it’s the teachers who are threatening to strike over plans to make them work longer, pay more and receive less from their pensions.
And this afternoon we hear the results of the strike ballot by the Public and Commercial Services Union that could see three-quarters of a million state-paid workers marching on the streets.
No doubt lots of this unrest is political anti-coalition agitation, but I don’t intend getting into the rights and wrongs of such militant action. Rather the public reaction, like this clip from today’s phone-in:
Gerry, the unemployed decorator, is clearly very cross about the pensions that public sector workers receive, as were other callers, but it’s their logic that I find sad.
The gist of it is: “I have to work long hours, I can’t afford a pension, I’ll have to work till I drop, so why shouldn’t you?”
It’s the race to the bottom syndrome — drag everyone down to the same level. Why can’t people aspire to better?
Public sector pensions are okay, allowing a comfortable retirement. Isn’t that what we should all be demanding, not the ruination of others so we’re all in the same penury boat?
Is that really the way it should be?