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Are We Heading For A Summer Of Discontent?

Hot on the trail of news that NHS workers have voted to strike over an 8% three year pay deal, it looks as though Gordon Brown and the Labour Party are in for a summer of discontent. Over the last few months we have seen an array of civil servants take strike action, oil workers refuse to work because of pension fund arrangements and serious grumblings within the Police force when a pay deal was not back dated.

While there seem to be grounds for each and every dispute mentioned above, many are pointing the finger at MPs who seem to have their ‘snouts in the trough”, taking home larger and larger expenses and demanding a massive increase in their salaries over the next couple of years. Indeed it has also been suggested that they should be paid an attendance ‘bonus’ for each day they work in the Houses of Parliament – something which seems absolutely crazy to the everyday person on the street!

It seems to be very much a case of do as we say, not as we do, with the Treasury always claiming they need to curb inflationary pressures. Perhaps if the UK workforce were to see MPs showing some constraint with regard to their own pay packages then maybe they would be a little more understanding?

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