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The Socialist 6 November 2004 |
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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.