Public Sector Pay Cuts
“Chancellor George Osborne is expected to say civil servants, such as Jobcentre and DVLA staff, should have pay brought into line with private sector salaries in their regions.” (From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17411117)
Hmmmm; does that mean six figure pay packets and million pound bonuses’?
On a more serious note, the treasury says “… public sector pay in some parts of England and Wales is up to 18% higher than the private sector.” Well, I take a different view; shouldn’t we be looking at raising pay in the private sector by 18%?
You just cannot compare private sector pay rates like this; where does the 18% figure come from; are low waged shop workers included in the figure; and what is the comparable private sector job for a Jobcentre employee or a housing inspector?
And we mustn’t forget that private sector jobs, particularly the higher paid ones often have perks that are not a part of the wage agreement and are also often ‘unofficial’.
This is blatantly an excuse to cut wages and cannot be done fairly because of the vast differences between the public and private sector.