Hot topic: Public sector workers plan autumn strike

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 August 2014

Unison Picnic For Pay demonstration in July this year.

Unison Picnic For Pay demonstration in July this year.


THE news public sector workers were due to take further strike action in the autumn prompted a range of opinions from Mercury readers.

Some supported the action while others compared working conditions to those in the private sector and made their comments on the Mercury website.

Unison members at North Somerset Council and schools have planned a strike on October 10 in a protest against pay.

* TrueWestonion said: “I’ve not had a pay or benefit increase in six years, with no change in conditions either. Just happy to have a job with regular income. Admittedly, some deserve more, but where’s it coming from?”

* Phil J said: “Private sector moan to each other and either put up with it or find another job. Public sector moan to each other and go on strike.

“I do hope the parents of the children that won’t be able to go to school will send North Somerset Council a bill just like it would if a parent took their child out of school for a day.”

* Keith said: “I am self-employed. But I do get tired of people treating public sector workers like something they have trodden in. Yes like in any large organisation there are a few shirkers but like most large organisations there are many more hard workers.”

* Mabel Thorpe said: “Typical of unions, the only word they seem to know is strike.”

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