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|Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:41 am Post subject: SACK THESE "NO-JOB" CIVIL SERVANTS TELL THEM TO GO
|The strike begins: Tens of thousands walk out as minister urges public sector staff to show 'Dunkirk spirit' and work through day of actionAn estimated third of schools will close due to strikes
62% of public sector workers don't think striking will solve pension dispute
Strike action could last months, warns NUT leader Christine Blower
Three protesters arrested in Central London for failing to give their details
By James Chapman
Last updated at 8:31 AM on 30th June 2011
Thousands of teachers, court staff, Job Centre workers and passport controllers will fail to turn up to work today as the biggest strike for more than five years gets under way.
The public sector walkout, which will affect millions of ordinary people, started last night as Border Agency staff failed to turn up to work at airports, leading to lengthy queues at passport control.
Managers scrambled to fill spaces in an attempt to keep passengers on the move, but as airports become busier today airports are in danger of grinding to a standstill.
Protesters were today urged to break the strike and ‘go to work’ as figures revealed their pensions represent three times the total national debt of Greece.
Workers insist it is unfair to ask them to work longer and contribute more to their pensions.
Teachers at Stretford High School in east Manchester formed a picket line early this morning
Queues were already forming this morning at Terminal Five of Heathrow Airport, London
The long wait: Passengers have been warned to expect severe delays today at border control
But official figures showed that every working family in Britain is currently liable for £13,500 to cover teachers’ pensions alone – a 90 per cent increase in real terms over the past decade.
And a poll of public sector workers showed that 62 per cent think striking will not make any positive difference to the pension dispute.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who is leading talks with the unions, vowed Britain ‘will not buckle’ in the face of industrial action and insisted the country’s ‘Dunkirk spirit’ would keep many schools and other services running.
‘I urge public sector workers to go to work today,’ Mr Maude said.
Civil servants who want to go to work, but whose children’s schools are closed, have been invited to bring them to the office, he revealed in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail. He suggested private companies should allow staff to do the same wherever feasible.
Activists: Protesters set up a camp in Trafalgar Square last night where they intend to stay today
Arrests: Three people were detained by police for failing to give their details while this man was allegedly taken into custody after allegedly helping to put up tents in Trafalgar Square
Government sources estimate that the industrial action will mean around a third of the country’s 24,000 schools will close today, with another third cancelling or merging some classes and the other third open as normal.
Even top private schools, including Eton and Wellington College, will be disrupted in today’s strikes as up to 6,000 of their teachers plan to walk out.
Although no private schools have said they will close, almost all teachers working in fee-paying schools are members of the disputed Teachers’ Pension Scheme. As private-sector workers, they face expulsion from the scheme under the planned reforms.
However, private school heads have been advised that they are contractually obliged to fee-paying parents to keep their school open.
Elsewhere, only one in five civil servants is expected to strike, and contingency plans worked on in secret for months will be deployed to keep border controls and courts running.
Members of the University and College Union pose for the media as they finalise preparations for their union strike. A third of British schools are expected to close amid the strike action
The strike will cause delays to people arriving at airports. Managers have been trained to step in to conduct airport passport checks amid staff shortages (file picture)
Managers have been trained to step in to conduct airport passport checks, while courts will prioritise the most urgent cases.
Suggestions that air travellers should change their plans if possible were downplayed. Officials said some delays on arrival at airports were possible, but that departures would not be affected.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who is leading talks with the unions, vowed Britain 'will not buckle' in the face of industrial action
However, Christine Blower, the National Union of Teachers leader, has warned that industrial action could last for months, with various unions joining forces in further strike action if negotiations falter.
She told The Times: 'This is a co-ordinated campaign and we happen to be in the first phase of it. There's a significant amount of momentum behind this.'
Ministers say public sector pensions will remain ‘among the very best available’, providing a guaranteed income for all employees – something enjoyed by very few in the private sector.
But they argue staff must pay more in contributions and work for longer before drawing their pension, as most private sector workers in schemes have had to do.
The scale of Britain’s unfunded public sector liabilities was dramatically illustrated by official figures showing the country faces a bill of more than £900billion over the decades ahead.
That is three times the national debt of crisis-hit Greece – or more than the debts of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland combined.
Mr Maude said: ‘Many parents who have had to take the day off work to look after their children who should be in school today will be wondering: why are some teachers and civil servants striking now? Don’t they have better pensions than me?’
'They are right to question the motives of the very small numbers of unions who are determined to cause disruption to the public, because this strike is premature and it is wrong.'
Public sector employees are just pigs at the trough. Go ahead. Strike. Help destroy your own country. The arguments against the banking sector are valid but the monies involved with their excesses are insignificant compared to the amounts being wasted on the inefficient and incompetent public sector employees. If you are all so capable and hardworking then break free from the government and try to work in the private sector. You would be shown up for the lazy, incompetent non events that you are and wouldn't last a week. Go ahead prove me wrong!
Sack them and let them try and find a proper job, no chance of that these " nose in the trough"layabouts need a kick up the a--e, who do they think they are these non-producers.