Len McCluskey in CiF:
Wednesday’s public sector pensions strike is more than industrial action; it is a national day of rebuke.
Really? I wasn’t aware that was one of the reasons allowed in the Employment Act for strike action.
But thanks, Len, for making it quite so overt that this is regarded as an idealogical war, and not simply an industrial dispute…
It also represents a resurgence of the trade union movement after a long decline for which society has paid a price.
Hmmm, you’d almost think the Tories had been in charge for 15 years, grinding down the faces of the poor, not in a coalition with the LibDems for just over a year, wouldn’t you?
The public will put up with the inconvenience because they understand the fairness of the public sector workers’ case.
Really? Have you polled them, then, Len? All of them?
Cabinet members Francis Maude and Eric Pickles can look forward to more than £43,000 a year in retirement at the taxpayers’ expense – about £37,000 a year more than the dinner ladies they are now asking to pay more to get less.
And, if I was to guess, I’d guess your own pension veers more towards the Cabinet Minister level than to the dinner lady one….
… one further thing is certain regarding Wednesday’s strike. It is a beginning, not an end, unless the government starts negotiating seriously. There will be more action, more turbulence – including civil disobedience from the expanding coalition of resistance which Unite supports.
‘Civil disobedience’, eh..? Sounds like a threat.
Oh, and the ‘fairness’ of the strike that Len harps on about? Well, the ‘Guardian’ chose to interview a few to get their reasoning.
This was rather illuminating:
The police investigator: “…Try telling a young person now who is trying to save for a house that they also should be contributing to their pension.”
So, if not them, who should be contributing..?