Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Union Fatcats….

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..?

6 comments for “Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Union Fatcats….

  1. Edward Spalton
    November 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

    A post on the Biased BBC website showed figures from the trade union movement in Northern Ireland which guarantees union employees the same pension rights as members actually in the public service. To buy an equivalent pension in the private sector requires contributions equivalent to 40% of salary. I can understand why the comrades wish to keep this! We are picking up the tab for it.

    Gordon Brown plundered the occupational pension schemes of the private sector to help pay for this and the Chancellor is not restoring the money.
    Public sector employment used to be relatively less well paid than the private sector but this was offset by greater security of employment and the pension entitlement. Now public sector pay is around 20% higher than private sector pay.

    Annuity rates for private sector pensions have declines sharply this year and pensioners making a “draw down” from their pension fund will find they are not allowed to take as much as they once were. The Government Actuary’s Department calculates how much may be taken every three years. Because of the poor economic outlook, he is ordering reductions when policies come up for review. So, in addition to the 5% being stolen by deliberate inflation (aka “Quantitative Easing”)each year, many private pensioners will be facing actual cash reductions. Public sector pensions are completely immune to the effects of inflation.

    The tax eaters are eating up the wealth producers and want to continue to make a meal of us.

  2. TDK
    November 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

    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..?

    You misunderstand the man, Julia. He means the young man trying to save for a house, should contribute to the police investigator’s pension.

  3. November 30, 2011 at 9:48 am

    If only we had some money, we could pay them the pensions they want. But what are we supposed to do? Visit the money tree?

  4. November 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

    “The public will put up with the inconvenience”, this member of the public makes so little use of their “services” that he won’t even notice them being on strike, except for all the urchins lurking about.

    • December 1, 2011 at 5:58 am

      Much to the Beeb reporter’s palpable disappointment yesterday, travellers in and out of Heathrow were reporting a better and quicker experience! 😆

  5. Andrew Duffin
    November 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Yesterday’s DT had a photo of a striker carrying placard that asked for “Fair pensions for all”.

    Well I will tell you what would be fair, lady: I’ll save and work for my pension (as I have and am) and you can save and work for yours (rather than me doing it for you). That’s what I call fair. How about it?

    The sympathy meter is firmly on zero.

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