The strike by public sector workers was a protest by the disproportionately affluent, privileged and protected. However much Brendan Barber and his comrades try and portray themselves as the modern day equivalent of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a look at the facts doesn’t remotely bear this out.
If this is some sort of class war - and let’s hope it isn’t - then the strikers are well educated, well paid and well protected. Their proposal is that lower paid, less qualified people in the private, productive side of the economy should continue to stump up. This is despite the fact that the hairdressers, waitresses and bar staff who will foot the bill are typically paid less, work longer, have smaller or no pension provision and considerably less job security.
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