Council workers walk out over pay

Biped

LE
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#1
And so it begins.

There was a thread a while back which mentioned One-Eye and his ilk suggesting that to keep inflation down, public sector workers would have to accept lower pay deals. The problem with that is that, with fuel prices, taxes and gawd knows what else going through the roof, I predicted that they would all go on strike instead and bring about another Liabour winter of discontent (they are RATHER good at creating these situations, and thanks to their idea of teaching history these days, it's no wonder that ZANU NL haven't learned from it).

Another interesting part of the equation is of course that the Unions are the only people keeping ZANU NL out of the bankruptcy courts. Who's going to blink first? Will ZANU roll over and suck off the unions, or will the matter of a bankrupt nation through shoit policies make them stand their ground because there's nowhere left to grab tax revenues from?

Thousands of council staff are striking over pay in their biggest campaign of industrial unrest for years, forcing schools to close and hitting services.

The Unison and Unite unions expect 600,000 workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to join the 48-hour action, which began at midnight.

PCS union members, who include driving test examiners and coastguards, are also striking in a separate row.

Council employers say they have reached the "limit of what is affordable".

The strike will close schools and libraries and disrupt rubbish collections and other town hall services.

In Wales, one in three schools are closed, while a third of all households in Southampton will not have their rubbish collected this week.
Beeb Clicky
 
#2
Well One eye will reap what he has sown. memories of the winter of discontent hummm! I do have a feeling this is not going too be a great time for labour...

Not going to be great for any of us to be honest.
 
#3
Welcome back to the 1970's. Rampant inflation (the real rate - not the made-up Government rate), council workers on strike (rubbish will not be collected, schools closed etc), queues at the petrol pumps. All we need now is the Bay City Rollers to reform and we are all doomed.


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ugly

LE
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#4
Here we are blessed by a private bin contract that actually seems to work! Still I do agree, Cyclops yea shall reap what yea have sown!
 
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#5
Bonzo_Dog said:
Welcome back to the 1970's. Rampant inflation (the real rate - not the made-up Government rate), council workers on strike (rubbish will not be collected, schools closed etc), queues at the petrol pumps. All we need now is the Bay City Rollers to reform and we are all doomed.


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Shhaaaaannngggaaaallaannngggg! 8)
 
#6
Biped said:
Another interesting part of the equation is of course that the Unions are the only people keeping ZANU NL out of the bankruptcy courts. Who's going to blink first? Will ZANU roll over and suck off the unions, or will the matter of a bankrupt nation through shoit policies make them stand their ground because there's nowhere left to grab tax revenues from?
And it has just been announced that the proposed 2p increase in fuel duty, due in the Autumn, has been postponed!!

Don`t panic, don`t panic!!!!
 
#7
The strike will close schools and libraries and disrupt rubbish collections and other town hall services.
Good reporting there!! Schools over here have been off since the middle of JUNE! 8O
(As for the Town Hall,well that was closed down by the Newtownards Borough Council some 10 years ago...)
 
#9
The thing is, common sense dictates that in the good times you save and build up a reserve of cash to cushion you against the bad times. The government should have been filling their coffers these past 10 years so that they could afford to cut taxes and duty when inflation starts to hit to offset infaltionary pressures.

But what has Mr Brown done? He's borrowed inordinately through the past 10 years - the "good times" and now we suffer the double whammy of massive national debt and huge inflationary pressures. What a moron.
 
#10
Pah! Common sense be damned! What we need to do is now sell our gold reserves to tap into the fact that gold is very high on the markets at the moment.......... :roll:
 
#11
BPS666 said:
Pah! Common sense be damned! What we need to do is now sell our gold reserves to tap into the fact that gold is very high on the markets at the moment.......... :roll:
There might be a slight flaw perhaps in your insightful advice to One Eye... :roll:
 
#13
bensonby said:
The thing is, common sense dictates that in the good times you save and build up a reserve of cash to cushion you against the bad times. The government should have been filling their coffers these past 10 years so that they could afford to cut taxes and duty when inflation starts to hit to offset infaltionary pressures.

But what has Mr Brown done? He's borrowed inordinately through the past 10 years - the "good times" and now we suffer the double whammy of massive national debt and huge inflationary pressures. What a moron.
Fool - dont you realise that to be labelled as an economic genius you need to spend like there is no tomorrow, lavashing vast sums on quangos and social groups who will keep you in power, whilst continually saying that "under the torries things where much worse" (and ignoring the fact that the reason the torries came to power in the first place was because of labours inept handling of the economy - funny how they always brush over this point)
 
#14
rockape623 said:
And it has just been announced that the proposed 2p increase in fuel duty, due in the Autumn, has been postponed!!

Don`t panic, don`t panic!!!!
Oh splendid.
I presume we are meant to be grateful that the one eyd thief isn't adding this two pence a litre and forgive him all his sins?
Personally I won't be content until the treasonous bastard is hanging froma lampost
 

Legs

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#16
[quote="rockape623]

And it has just been announced that the proposed 2p increase in fuel duty, due in the Autumn, has been postponed!!

Don`t panic, don`t panic!!!![/quote]

Oh thank you oh great leader, thank you with all my heart...





for not holding me to ransom ... again. :x
 
#17
Interesting observation on desperate state of Liebours finances, it would appear to be dictating the direction of policy for England.

Did any one catch the article on Radio 4 about Bovine TB and a proposed Badger cull, Wales and Scotland have sensibly opted for a cull, while in England we are favouring inoculation. The reason for this policy would appear to be the very significant contributions Liebour receive from animal rights groups.

Whilst I accept that culling may of limited value, the estimated cost of bovine TB is £2Bn by 2012. It would appear not surprisingly that our administration is currently for hire.

Perhaps we could get together a fund and decide some policy?

YM
 
#18
Postponed = put off until a bit later, no?
Gollum will still get it out of us one way or another, the cnut.

BTW, I'm at work today, and so are my fitters, despite us all being Council employees. Anyone that thinks that the Gobment are going to quake with fear at the power of the Unions, and offer more than 2.45% is only fooling themselves. I've never been on strike in my life, and I'm not starting now.
 
#19
summer of discontent? watch the news. other public services will be forced to strike in the very near future. not just because of sub inflation pay rises (real time rise for a cough ahem. particular government body that i cannot name, in real terms works out as 0.6%). further to this insult powers that be are trying to reduce the wage by over £5000. these are not fat cats, but young men and women doing a very demanding, sometimes dangerous and always under resourced job. further to this there are literally millions spent on bonuses for members of the senior civil service. those who are the fat cats and who have constantley failed to deliver to both staff and the public alike. one treads carefully, corporate bullying is now the norm. all i will say is that if these particular people are forced to strike, it certainly will close the country. literally. still those i describe have sown the seeds. let us just wait for the harvest.
 
#20
I take it you are talking about the rozzers? If not why not? What's depressing in this sorry state of affairs is it is taking the threat of recession to make the population sit up and see what a bunch of to553rs NL have always been. They should never have got in in 97. Sad thing is we will be back in the same boat X years down the line only standards will have crept lower than a rattlesnakes tits by then.

Edited to add that I didn't read the post properly and now realise that you can't be talking about the peelers. Any chance of a linky?