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"Why I Am On Strike"
The "Pensions Crisis" - The crisis for me is that I will have to work till 65 or 70 instead of 60, possibly without those extra years' contributions being added to my benefit.
Joe Foster, OFWAT (Office of Water Services - Water Regulator)
There is no pensions crisis for MPs - after discovering a possible shortfall in their pensions, taxpayers' money (our money) was pumped into it to plug the gap. I don't see MPs rushing to decline the "handout" to balance Mr Brown's books.
Sickness - previous generations have fought for sick pay, especially as it was work that made them sick, which is still true today.
Redundancies - I have nothing in writing to say that I cannot be made redundant. And WaterVoice/Consumer Council for Water (a Consumer Watchdog) colleagues in the North and West could still be under threat of redundancy.
I do not see why I should make sacrifices to increase senior civil servants' pay by up to 90% and shore up MPs' pension schemes.
Also, should I be made redundant or have to claim a pension, I do not want to communicate with robots or a call centre because the government have reduced the "face to face" staff in other departments. I don't want my benefits office to become a trendy wine bar!
Finally - I do not want to die at work aged 70.
Work to live! Don't live to work.
In The Socialist 6 November 2004:
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