As much as all the trouble was not caused by the bankers I think the majority of it was and we should never let our present leaders forget about it. Let us keep questioning the pension pots of these people and continue to ask why they were not fired for incompetance without their pensions. That is what would happen to anyone else so why not them?
Unison is having a bit of a battle with it's members to come out on strike, it may not happen. As has been said "it will do no good", this is what quite a few members are saying. A number of years ago members came out on strike for 8 weeks and it got them nowhere, these members have not forgotten this. This is one of the reasons why Unison is having trouble getting the full backing of it's members.
I hardly think that a one day strike qualifies as the biggest wave of industrial action for 85 Years!
It'll be no more disrupting than the recent Royal Wedding day off, and if well planned, seeing as we know about it, should cause not a lot of bother at all.
It's all just wind and piss as they're saying in these parts. A real strike lasts for a year, causes massive financial loss, great personal hardship, huge community strife, colossal business upheaval... and achieves nothing at all.
I don't have the time of day for part time strikers that think a day of protest will achieve anything at all other than a jolly day out.
The strike will be pointless but I suppose the unions have to show their opposition otherwise the government will be able to say that people agree with their policies. To say that it will be the biggest wave of industrial action for 85 years is just wind and water, (I like quickbeam’s version!), but it makes good press.
I don’t think that there is the support for public sector workers from the private sector that union leaders seem to think there is.
'I suspect public sector pension holders would be more disposed to accepting change if they saw that change being applied as part of a shared and even repsonse to getting the country's finances back on an even keel.'
I am a retired public sector worker whose pension has effectively been reduced by the use of CPI rather than RPI and I am happy to play my part in getting the country's finances back on an even keel.
'we have a Government led by individuals who hide their own money in off shore accounts,'
The government doesn't actually lose that much in the way of revenue (or the interest on it) in respect of certain taxes, Hydrocarbon Oils and VAT spring to mind. Arrangements were made some years ago after a round of strikes threatened the revenue collection that, in the event of disruption, the top companies pay directly to the bank and account for it later.
Prior to the credit crunch, the government finances were in a better shape than for decades. The cause of the budget deficit is the loss of tax revenue from the banking sector. Since the banks were contributing so much, via their taxes and those of their employees, one could say that, given the nature of the boom, such a loss of revenue could be anticipated when it collapsed. However, virtually no-one realised the impending crash, largely due to the credit agencies giving assurances about the credit-worthiness of bonds made up largely of worthless mortgages. At the moment we depend on three private companies to guide investors on the quality of such assets offered for sale. Clearly this is inadequate and there has been no attempt to improve the situation for the future nor sanction them for their past errors.