Fuelling the fire

The strike action by Hoyer and Suckling Transport has paid off it seems, with the tanker drivers being offered a 14% pay rise, taking their average annual earnings to £41,750 (Information from BBC News).

So what kind of message does this send to the essential services workers in the UK?

  • Teachers have been offered a 2.45% pay rise, they have already gone on strike and have more action planned.
  • Prison Officers rejected a 2.2% deal, but after wildcat strikes last year the government has created a new law making strike action by prison officers in England and Wales a criminal act.  This law came into force on 8 May 2008.
  • Police Officers in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have had their request for their 2.5% pay raise to be backdated rejected by the Government and their appeal rejected by the High Court.  However, Scottish police have been awarded the full, backdated, pay rise – in accordance with recommendations from the official police pay review body.  Police officers are currently banned from striking.
  • NHS workers in the Unite union will be balloted to see if they will take strike action over their 2.75% pay offer, however members of Unison, the biggest health union, have agreed to the governments offer

Figures from “Focus on Public Pay Flashpoints” on BBC News website

also “Public servants: Who earns most?” on BBC News website

The recent action by the tanker drivers is nothing more than private sector workers holding Great Britain to ransom, and yet another example of failed promises and poor management by the current Labour Government.  Gordon Brown is now facing as Prime Minister the problems he has helped create as Chancellor, lets hope it doesn’t lead to a summer and winter of discontent.

…update…update…update…

Shell settlement triggers fears of summer of discontent – Telegraph.co.uk

Nice to see I wasn’t the only one thinking this!

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