Now most of the stuff I have a rant about is fairly inconsequential in the grand scheme of things but sometimes the big things are just too close to my heart to let go, especially when I feel people are being given a rough deal.
So today millions of public sector workers are on strike and on the Jeremy Vine show today a Tory minister said words to the effect that this strike must be quashed and these people are just being greedy. Ummmm really lets looks at the facts shall we………..
Public sector workers have been experiencing a pay freeze for the last two years and when this is finally lifted this had now been capped at 1%, mean while executives in the private sector have been enjoyed exorbitant rises of an average 49% (source)
Public sector workers will now have to pay in more for their pensions, get less out and work for longer. You may say well having a pension is a luxury and why should us tax payers be subsidising public sector workers? Well for starters people who work in the public sector pay tax too (shocking!) while those top earners do everything they can to avoid paying. It was recently reported that in the most expensive apartment block in the country only 9 out of 63 apartments pay council tax and most avoided paying stamp duty. I mean what the fuck!!!! But we don’t hear the tory boys talking about this do we? Many private companies don’t contribute to pension funds and people say they can’t afford to pay into one, so either these people are going to work ’til they die or are going to be reliant on means tested state benefits when age forces them to retire (yep those same tax monies that those greedy public sector workers are getting).
Also you’ll be interested to know that there is more money going into pension funds from staff contributions than is going out in pension payments (the average pension in local government is £3,800 a year, but for women, it’s less than £2,800 – just £56 a week) and most of these higher contributions will go to the Treasury. Yes people this is all about plugging that gap that was caused by the fucking wankers, sorry bankers. And where are they in all this? Where the fuck is our money? Oh yes I forgot Mr Osborne is selling them off at bargain basement prices, thanks for that, tosser.
And do you think Davey baby doesn’t have a pension? Like heck as like.
History does not remember those people who stand idly by and just take the crap that’s being doled out at them. History remembers Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, people who stood up and said NO, THIS WILL NOT DO. And Mr Cameron this will NOT do.
So yes it’s an inconvenience for that the schools are closed or you can’t get hold of the council or your plane is delayed, but maybe you’ll think about how valuable these people are? Should they be paying the price for the mistake and greed of others? No. Should they have the right to stand up and say ‘this is not fair and it’s not right’. Abso-bloody-lutely.