It will be open season on local government workers

On 5th July I wrote that the public sector could expect severe pay restraint. Today it has been forecast that hundreds of jobs will be axed across East and West Sussex.

The scale of projected budget deficits is staggering. Between 2011 and 2014 one in ten jobs will go. There will be pay restraint, compulsory redundancies, huge cuts in programmes, and further funding reductions to voluntary organisations, many of which will go out of business.

Local government workers have lost the confidence of the community at large, if comments on the Argus website are anything to go by. Local government unions such as Unite and Unison are perceived as protecting already over protected workers. That is all about to change. Come the next general election it will be open season on local government workers.

What worries me is that important serrvices to the elderly and the young will suffer while local government unions will only be interested in defending 15% pensions.

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2 Responses

  1. ‘Local government workers have lost the confidence of the community at large, if comments on the Argus website are anything to go by.’

    Jesus. Your politcal analysis is based on some spurious sources, but that takes the biscuit. You can do better than assert this claptrap.

    People who comment on the Argus websitte appear to read little and think less.

    • Part of the problem with the political classes is that they are arrogant and don’t listen to the prejudice and raw comments by those who may not always possess the correct political language. Try listening to Radio 2 and Radio 5 Live phone-ins. The Argus website may contain reactionary opinions but they are opinions nevertheless. It is they who vote and it is they whom we have to convince. It is fine to dismiss my opinions as “claptrap” but don’t dismiss others as appearong “to read little and think less”.

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