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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 November 2004

"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.

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In The Socialist 6 November 2004:

PCS Striking To Save Jobs And Services

For A One-Day Public-Sector Strike

"Why I Am On Strike"

Understaffed, Stressed And Under Threat

They Can't Bury Our Voices


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