This will be interesting:
Strike threat after councils impose two-year pay freeze
Scotland faces a winter of disruption to vital public services after council workers reacted with fury to the imposition of a two-year pay freeze.
Last time around, 78/79, such strikes were a factor in the electorate saying that the government of the time, Labour, had to go. Something was rotten with the state of the nation and a change had to come: in comes Maggie.
We might think that the same will happen this time: the government of the day gets it in the neck for screwing up so badly.
It\’s also possible that public opinion will go the other way. We\’ve got to hunker down in these harsh economic times: why shouldn\’t the public sector as well? If jobs are being lost all around, private sector pay is static at best, why should they get another wodge from our taxes?
It\’ll be interesting to see which way it goes. It might, just, go like the housing benefit thing did. As limits are announced various lefties rise up screaming that this will crucify the poor. Then, as people realised that the limit was £400 a week, that the annual limit was more, still, than many earned, the general feeling (my evidence being CiF comments, not the most reliable of sources admittedly) seemed to become, well, quite right too.
It\’s essentially a PR exercise now I think. Put upon and dedicated creators of the community? Or public sector fat cats who do little work and enjoy massive pensions?