Wednesday’s strikes are anti-government, not anti-cuts

! This post was written some time ago. I don't delete old posts but bear in mind that a lot can change in a year or more, including my opinions (and the amount of naughty words I use).

UNISON placard: Tell the Tories to stuff the pay cuts


  1. revinkevin (176 comments) says:

    Sounds like the miners strike all over again.

  2. Stan (222 comments) says:

    Hi Wonko

    Are you saying that the strikes wouldn’t have happened if a Labour government had brought in the same measures?

    The people striking this time are not the usual suspects. They are not militants but ordinary people who are genuinely worried about their future, and all of them are tax payers themselves. At the school where I am on the board of governors, there are teachers, classroom assistants and catering staff who have never taken industrial action before and never wish to again.

    I can also assure you that civil service pensions are not gold plated.
    The pension that I managed to accrue during the time I worked for the government is worth bugger all. My mate who is retiring from the tax office next year, after a long career in the civil service, is getting the average civil service pension of just under £4,400 a YEAR.
    I fact two and a half times as much public sector money is spent subsidising private sector pensions through tax relief than paying for public sector pensions Most of this tax relief – 60% – goes to earners at the higher rate.

    And by the way, I won’t defend the 447 civil servants who earn over £100k because as far as I’m concerned no one needs to earn that much, but seeing as the average investment bankers salary at Barclays is £236,000 I think it puts it into some kind of perspective.

  3. wonkotsane (1125 comments) says:

    Yes, that’s what I’m saying Stan. Where were the strikes when Gordon Brown raided pensions? Where were they when Alistair Darling abolished the 10p tax rate? Where were the anti-Labour union placards then? They were nowhere to be seen. The unions know which side of their bread is buttered – they control the Labour Party because they provide most of its income. This year 88% of donations to Labour came from the unions. They want the Tories out and their sockpuppets back in. There’s a reason the union leaders get paid more than the prime minister, it’s because they’re the ones actually running the country!

    The average salary at Barclays investment banking may be £236k but how much money do those bankers make and how much do they put back into the economy? Civil servants get paid by the taxpayer, we’re already starting at a loss.

  4. Stan (222 comments) says:

    Well I’ve been on several marches against labour party policies, but thats another story.
    Is it really that much of a problem that unions support labour? After all the Labour party was created to stand up for workers rights in the first place. Unions support and bankroll the Labour party in the same way that capitalists support and bankroll the tories – 50% of tory funding comes from the city of London alone. In the current financial crisis that looks like a pretty big conflict of interest to me.
    As a union member I can opt out of any of my subscription going into labour party coffers but as a consumer I can’t stop any of the banks from donating any of my bank charges to the tories.

    “Civil servants get paid by the taxpayer, we’re already starting at a loss”

    Yes but if we didn’t have civil servants we would have to pay private companies to provide those services and therefore be at a greater loss – just look at what private enterprise has done to our utility bills.
    Personally I think we could manage a lot better without investment bankers than without schools, hospitals, law enforcement, postal services, local government, fire fighters etc………

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