I’ve read a few letters in the press about the size of public sector pensions. There are employees that do get big pensions, but it wouldn’t surprise me if these people were at the top of the relevant hierarchies. Many public sector employees get modest pensions, but even these are better than a good number in the private sector. Imagine what the average person working at Asda gets when they retire for example.
This pension problem won’t go away, and I doubt that the strike will make much of a difference apart from one solitary day of disruption. People, employed by both the private and public sectors, are living longer and are therefore expected to have longer retirements. I would like the government to come up with a way for everyone to avoid poverty in old age, but I doubt that Cameron and his crew will come up with an adequate solution. After all, there are Tories who want to give a tax break to people earning six figure salaries.
What “last minute deal” was this then? The last deal was put on the table a week or so ago, and it still meant thousands of people on minimum wage or slightly above paying more for their pension, and accessing it years later at a lower regular payment amount.
To date the government response has been to keep shouting at the people that work for it until they meekly agree to being made poorer.
Linking the main story and the top banner, I don’t remember the DM, or indeed anyone, castigating the establishment for holding a bank holiday earlier this year simply for two people getting married, something which cost the state millions in lost working days.
As for the picture and subheading, should anyone be speculating on the cause of death before a full coroner’s report?