I am glad I have a job, glad my wife has a job, glad we have a house to live in and glad we get paid!
I know several people who don't have one of the above and would kill for it. Jobs right now are rarer than a penguin in the sahara. Only places I know that are creating jobs are supermarket warehouses and they are being filled by migrant workers (fair play, everyone needs a job) because (don't take this the wrong way) a lot of people don't want jobs they see as beneath them.
As for the pay freeze, it could be worse as the cost of living has gone up by something marginal like 0.3% (in my area anyway), despite what the Bank of England have said, as they take it on a whole for the country, and in most cases, base it on London.
As for the teaching staff getting the pay rise, that is unfair, as if we walked out on strike, they would struggle to fill the gap, but if a teacher walks out on strike, they can call in support staff. Its a double standard, but there is little that we can do about it.
Last edited by nephilim; 9th February 2010 at 10:03 AM.
So, none of them invested and now they're all in the same boat.
That's just proof that infrastructure like that should never have been privatised.
Thing is, if it wasn't privatised, the government would have the monopoly and be able to charge whatever they liked and we could do nothing about it. That's the flip side.
My wife and I switched to Ebico in terms of Gas and Leccy about a year ago and have actually had our bills decreased, despite the infrastructure upgrades, so if a smaller, not-for-profit company can do it, why cant everyone else? Bah I realised I just derailed this topic, back to the original one!
It is unfair but that's how it is at the moment in this sector. I hope we don't have go go through the whole pain of striking again
Ah yes I forgot it's us employees on the front line that have mismanaged this countrys money so that there is none left to give us a cost of living pay raise, sheesh it's not like we expected 10% or something stupid just a measly 3% lets say.
Pay rises will be paid for by devaluation of the pound, the advantage of having an dependant currency.
Good news for all you borrowers, all your debts will be worth less. You savers will have your savings destroyed to pay for the states finances.
Also Cost of living has gone up by around a 1/3 in real terms over the past two years. Its only white goods that make it appear that inflation is not too bad.
Coal and oil have risen in price dramatically and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Last edited by ICT_GUY; 9th February 2010 at 11:31 AM.
Can't be put any better.am glad I have a job, glad my wife has a job, glad we have a house to live in and glad we get paid!
These are not times to be complaining if you've got a job - these are times to survive.
Once/if things recover - thats when it'll be justified to ask for more.
But not now.
PS and if anyone could point to any party of any political persuasion anywhere in the world that saw this one coming and made appropriate plans - please let us know!
Well - at least we're not like Ireland (or at least not til after the election) where public sector has had a 15% wage cut, plus loads of redundancies - that would hurt...
What other areas of goverment are seeing a pay freeze?
ButterflyMoon (9th February 2010)
Of course, a lot of MPs claim the infamous second home allowance but they were also introduced by Thatcher; they've just become rather more public in the recent past!
(figures from http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/M05.pdf)
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