A series of inflation-busting pay rises for millions of public sector workers was given the green light yesterday – at a time when private firms are freezing wages and cutting jobs.How can this be?
Well, it’s quite simple. The unions have scented the fear from Brown over the forthcoming election:
In a sign that Labour is unwilling to take on the unions, the Government has agreed to honour increases of more than 2 per cent a year until 2011.So it’s up to others to do what should be done by the government and holler from the rooftops at the unfairness of this:
But in a clear sign of rising anger, British Chambers of Commerce chief David Frost said: ‘Across the country I am hearing of more and more businesses left with no choice but to freeze and cut wages.Indeed we can’t. The public sector monstrosity is unsustainable.
‘It is unacceptable that the public sector should not share any of this pain. There is already an apartheid between public and private sectors on pensions. We cannot have apartheid on pay too.’
John Cridland of the CBI said: ‘The growing gap between public and private sector pay increases must be addressed, particularly as government debt skyrockets and the recession deepens.’But the unions aren’t about to loose their grip on the hapless Gordon’s throat, no matter how much the private sector shouts and waves burning torches:
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber issued a warning to ministers not to renege on their promises.Heh….
How long before the rubbish piles up in the streets and the dead go unburied yet again? So do all Labour governments perish….
Ranting Stan hopes for the revolution. I don’t see Call Me Dave as Che Guevara, though.