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Fact o' the day

"More than 80 per cent of the days lost last year were down to strikes in the public sector"...The rate of union membership amongst public sector workers is much higher than in the private sector, 16.6 per cent compared to 58.8 per cent according to Department of Trade and Industry figures". Source.

Rather amusingly, the TUC has nothing to say on the matter, and neither does Unison, 'the union for people delivering public services'.


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Blogger Newmania said... 11:34 am

...and that of course is why the pay conditions and Pension of the PS woker have left the private sector behond . It is also why the public sector is so exceedingly inefficient...well one of the reasons.

Great stat C I didn`t actually know the figures , i will be susing that one  

Blogger MJW said... 11:38 am

I suspect that one of a number of reasons for this is the pervasive view that the public sector is one giant charity that will never run out of cash. Striking in the private sector is far more dangerous, because if people do it a bit too often then investors get twitchy and vote with their feet, which leads to some strikers without a job at all, regardless whatever condition or principle they were acting on in the first place.  

Blogger Ed said... 12:44 pm

These public sector strikers should look out of the window sometime and see how much better their T&Cs are than those of us in the private sector - instead they just want more!

The only organisation I think should go on strike are the Police, but they aren't allowed to.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:52 pm

I think there are a fair few morals to be drawn from this, but MJW manages a fine nail / hammer interface. Above and beyond that, it would also suggest that public sector management is weaker than the private sector equivalent in that strikes are felt worth calling, and that management fails to head them off.  

Blogger Darkersideofbridgetjones said... 7:30 pm

Public sector workers are well lookde after when it comes to their pensions. I know of someone who worked at the post office and he is on a 50k pension. Lucky b*****d  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:32 pm

Could be better / worse, depending on one's perspective - public sector working conditions in France are jaw dropping.  

Blogger Tuscan Tony said... 8:52 am

Privatise the welfare state, that would give the unions something constructive to organise/do and justify their existence to their members.  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 9:24 am

Privatise just the welfare state TT? I fear the unions have already got the whole thing, it will be their private plaything from the end of June.  

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