Monday, June 23, 2008

Darlings words of wisdom have been adhered too.. NOT!!!

Council workers vote for strike

Council workers have voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay, the union Unison has announced. Members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted by 55% to strike, after rejecting a 2.45% pay offer. Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said this was "a clear message" to employers "that our members are willing to fight for a decent pay rise. I personally know about two people who are members and they are really struggling. They deserve every penny!!!!

Posted by stevie dee @ 03:19 PM (844 views)
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6 thoughts on “Darlings words of wisdom have been adhered too.. NOT!!!

  • If it was simply a case of workers being concerned that their pay would not keep up with the sudden spike in inflation then I don’t think they would have voted for a strike. The problem is that peoples expendable income has been eroded over a number of years due to pay deals being pegged to the CPI. In itself that is OK except for the CPI is a completely inaccurate and therefore inappropriate measure to base pay deals on.
    Using the CPI has made Greasy Gordon’s proclaiming of a “low inflation” society look good though!

    There’s a hell of a lot of discontent building in this country at present as people are starting to wake up to the fact that they have been getting poorer for a number of years and not simply in the last few months.
    No doubt this will all culminate in another 18 years of Tory rule as voters start to realise what a dismal failure Nu Labour actually are before kicking them into touch at the next General Election.

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  • Letsgetreadytotumble says:

    Could a strike season be beneficial to the cash strapped Labour party? You know, I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine.

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  • Yes Brilliant. And the Tories won’t do everything possible to get house prices going up again! They invented the use of house price inflation as a means of remaining in office long term.

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  • C'mon Correction says:

    I’m in public sector and this determines my cost of living for the current year. The GMB union have accepted it ! I’m not a member, and very glad I’m not paying for a union like GMB to accept a rise of 2.45% when RPI is 4.4% (and that’s fiddled !)

    Don’t get me wrong, we need to keep inflation low, in particular wage inflation. The problem is Nu Labour have mis-managed our economy so badly over the last ten years with their constant borrowing, fiddling inflation basket weighings, switching inflation measures to ensure asset prices over-inflate even further, pick very a dovish MPC (how months was inflation above their 2% target with no rate rises, then 1.9% and they cut immediately) etc,etc.

    If Brown hadn’t borrowed up to our eye-lids, then we could now increase rates (they would have never gone below 4.5% previously if inflation was measured correctly) to say 7%, inflation would be contained and he’d have surplus money to NOW inject into public sector and business initiatives to protect the economy and ride out this economic period.

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  • whiteknight says:

    Who was that chappie on the MPC who said there was little to no sign of inflation feeding through into wage packets and pay demands?

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  • The MPC say stuff like that all the time, secretly hoping that by saying it, it will come true.

    “No evidence of secondary round inflation” (finding out right now that this is just not the case)
    “Inflation will fall back to the 2% target rate within the medium term projection of 2 years” (which they said 2 years ago too)

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