Public sector pay – it’s not fair!

February 3, 2009

If you live in Ireland you’ll be aware that all the talk on the radio these days is the public sector pay bill, and how it’s going to be funded now that the public finances have gone to shit. Was talking to a public servant I know lately, and said “So, you expecting a pay cut?”. Here’s the answer – “Why should we take a pay cut? We didn’t cause the recession!”. When I suggested that prices seem to be falling and therefore no pay cut is equivalent to a pay rise, the response was “prices are only falling because the retailers aren’t ripping us off quite so much any more”. And then I got the usual earful about this fella or that fella who made a fortune and never paid a penny in tax and sure didn’t we pay 65 pence in the pound tax and 18% interest on the mortgage back in the 80s.

Em … what? Holy crap. I don’t mean to suggest that this kind of thinking is particular to public servants – listen to any talk radio show and there’s private sector workers (and business owners, and IBEC, those egregious pricks) ranting rants of their own. Hear ye, fellow citizens – the government is not your parents. If your entire political and economic stance is based on storing up anecdotes and twisting logic to prove that everyone else is unfairly getting a bigger slice of cake than you, then you have some growing up to do. You are also, unfortunately, in the majority.

BANG! BANG! BANG! More nails in the coffin of my utopian anarchist dream.

p.s. It’s my birthday today. Hooray!

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One Response to “Public sector pay – it’s not fair!”

  1. Aaron Says:

    Happy birthday Cormac!


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