Unions have ramped up the pressure on Theresa May over public sector pay by demanding a 3.9% rise for 1 million NHS staff plus an extra £800 to make up for lost earning power during austerity.

Everyones‘ wages have fallen. Why should public sector workers, uniquely, get to make that up?

20 thoughts on “Err, why?”

  1. She is weak – they shouldn’t have given in to the police. The prison officers are perhaps an exception – the prisons are going to shit fast.

  2. > The prison officers are perhaps an exception – the prisons are going to shit fast.

    Because of the smoking ban in prisons. But don’t expect to learn that from reading the Guardian.

  3. Someone’s special advisor or spin doctor or whatever in no. ten or eleven needs to get Tim’s message out there quickly.

  4. ‘Unions have ramped up the pressure on Theresa May’

    Pressure? The unions are acting up; the Guardian pays them attention . . . doesn’t mean anyone else cares.

  5. Andrew M: And the presence of lots of our well-organised beardie buddies.

    Serwotka –head of PCS– is a Derek Hatton look alike who buys sharp suits with the 80 grand Union saps pay him and is both a malicious marxist prick and largely useless at protecting his members jobs and conditions let alone pay. If he is involved in something it will be an attempt to advance the Marxian agenda of malice, never doubt.

  6. 3.9% + £800? Sorry, the money is going to help impoverished blacks in the BVI….

    The response of the unions to that would be amusing.

  7. She is weak – they shouldn’t have given in to the police.

    The police should be given pay rises only when they start doing some proper fucking policing.

    And as for the prison wardens, put some proper men in there instead of women who end up shagging the inmates.

  8. @ Andrew M

    ‘Because of the smoking ban in prisons. But don’t expect to learn that from reading the Guardian.’

    The kind of men who riot in prisons only understand two things. Extreme bribery and extreme violence. I am in favour of treating prisoners well until such point as they start attacking staff and breaking shit, at which point I am in favour of sending in a lot of 6ft 2in 17st blokes with staves to crack their silly fucking heads open.

    But there are no 6ft 2in 17st blokes with staves in our prisons any more.

    So also because of that.

    But don’t expect to learn that from reading the Guardian either.

  9. “they’re vital angels doing invaluable work in our communities.”

    That’ll include the lovely woman who told my mother not to bother ringing again to check when the district nurse was going to arrange some piece of equipment for my elderly bed bound father, because she’ll do it when she can and no sooner.

  10. @Jim: Issue complaint, in writing. Follow it up if not answered. Make it clear you aren’t going away.

    Time these bastards were held accountable. Look on the website for the LHA, find the bit of gobbledegook about ‘treating people with respect’ that they always have, and quote it back to them. They hate that.

  11. “Issue complaint, in writing. Follow it up if not answered. Make it clear you aren’t going away”

    I would, because I’m a cantankerous so-and-so. My mother won’t because a) she’s not, and b) she’s in her 70s, and c) reliant on the ‘service’ she gets from the GP and district nurse for my father’s medical needs (she’s paying an eye watering amount for his care needs privately). She’d be afraid of being blacklisted in some way, and you can bet your bottom dollar she would be if she caused a ruckus.

    Thats where these ‘angels’ have people, over a barrel, and they know it. Heaven help those who are unable to pay for care themselves and whose lives are 100% at the mercy of these people.

  12. @ Jim
    That, at least, was honest and preferable to promising your mother that it would be delivered this week when they had no intention of ordering until the next batch order at the end of the month.

  13. That is a simple question to answer. Because it’s Keynesian spending on people who work* rather than people sitting around on the dole.

    Wouldn’t the better closing question lead to a debate about the relative effectiveness of Keynesian spend during relatively good economic times?

    * For a broad definition of the word work.

  14. Are they leaving? No? is there a shortage of qualified candidates for nursing school? No? Well, they’re paid just fine then.

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