Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Cuts - The Argument Begins

We saw today that Dave Prentis, who heads up the Unison Trade Union has said that his 1.3 million members should do their best to resist the imminent cuts that they anticipate as part of the deficit reduction plan. He said that if plans affected "pay, services or pensions" then the Government "wouldn't know what had hit them".

Well, thanks Dave, but I wonder what is your solution to the problem? Perhaps we should borrow some more money so that the make believe world we have inhabited thus far can last a little longer? I think not. Reality has to bite and to bite now, before it is too late. We would all like jobs for life and a guaranteed annual pay rise, alongside shorter working hours and better benefits. A Final Salary pension scheme would be nice too if you're offering Mr. P! The truth though is that there is no money to pay for these dreams and until there is, we must cut our cloth accordingly.

This I fear is the first of what will no doubt be an agonising but ultimately futile string of 'industrial actions' (always something of an oxymoron I thought) that will rumble round like the thunderstorm that doesn't go away. Our Government has a very hard road ahead of it, and one that by definition we have to follow with it. That same Government will be supremely unpopular by the time we have got only part of the way down that road, but they will have to stick to their guns if we are not to witness our very own Greek Tragedy here in Blighty.

Apart from resisting every attempt to rebalance our economy, union leaders seem to have nothing else to bring to the table. I would suggest that as we embark on the second decade of the twenty-first century, if they cannot be more constructive, then they will soon be as redundant as so many others who have contributed so much more.

Now is most definitely a time for pulling together, so step up to the plate please Dave, and others like you. What we need now is positive engagement. If we can't manage that then we collectively "won't know what has hit us".


  1. I'm very much of the opinion that Mr Prentis should look at Ireland, which savaged its public sector but everyone agreed that it was in the national interest for this to happen.

    Unfortunately, I think the union chiefs live in the same la-la land as politicians, where they think that a snip here and a tweak there will do the job.

  2. Yup,
    Ireland seems now to be viewed in a much better light for having taken those tough decisions. Nobody likes hard times, but reality waits there to bite the hands of (or off!) the dreamers.
    Thanks for your comments.