mfs1959, on 25 March 2012 - 09:38 AM, said:
If their wages go up will fuel follow?
Their wages make up about 0.01% of the cost of fuel.
The Dude, on 25 March 2012 - 07:23 PM, said:
You'd best get ready for anarchy then. Make sure you have plenty of guns. Find yourself a cave to defend in.
+1 It's not just about fuel for people popping to the shops. It's everyone who works. Doctors, teachers, shelf stackers, power-station workers, airport staff, checkout operators, along with all the back office staff for those operations - for example, with the pickers in the warehouses picking parts for the cars for the workers who work at the warehouse picking medicines to send to pharmacies etc etc.
Most jobs that are "essential" are done by people who need fuel to travel to work.
All jobs are "essential" else no-one would pay to have them done - with the exception of those in the houses of Parliament and Lords and many quangos. Take away any other group of employees and within a month the country would have serious problems.
AThirdWay, on 26 March 2012 - 10:48 AM, said:
To be fair, the TA have come on in leaps and bounds since I left the army 11+ years ago, and the standard of their Cat. C drivers was good even then.
Due to over-commitment of the armed forced by the government, the TA are pretty much being treated like the regular army - particularly where TA members are skilled or semi-skilled, for example, Doctors, mechanics and engineers.