Genuine overheard quote from Kate who just nipped into town to the bank:
Guy 1 - "Hi mate, how you doing, you on strike then?"
Guy 2 - "Yeah"
Guy 1 - "What you up to then, got anything planned?"
Guy 2 - "I can't can I, bloody kids are off school, what's up with that?!"
I don't want to be arguing with you Heather, hopefully you know the stance and tone I am making is more conversional that confrontational, but you are the only one on here on that "side" as it were.
Right now...right now it's time to...kick out the Jam motherfucker, we prefer Lemon Curd!
I love the mash You're right about big corporations, Alah. Shitloads of profit, just less than that previous years. Ah well, just make the government employed workers pay the difference
Anyone not happy about their pension should do the same! They should be thankfull they even have a pension. And if it's not good value for money, then opt out, and invest that money elsewhere. We're in a time of great debt, people want the government to sort it out but then complain the second it affects them. Dry em.
I'm liking the discussion, Dan. I'm just trying to get our grievances across. Every workplace, private or public has a complaints procedure. Our bosses just happen to be in control of the entire country's coffers. You say we should be happy to have the pension when we did as it's better than anyone else gets. That's up to individual employers, I guess and from what I suspect it will soon be compulsory for private sector to have occupational pensions in place. I think it's grossly misrepresentative about how much pension we actually get in comparason to what we pay in. Currently, the average is about five and a half grand. To put in perspective. I pay about £180 odd a month to my pension. This will increase by another 2.5% at least. I've been working for 7 years which makes my contributions over 15 grand, right? By the time I retire you can imagine the size of the contribution. Yet, for my lump sum, it will not be half my annual salary at the time of retirement but an AVERAGE figure of my working career. It's like you putting £50 a month in to a bank and after 10yrs only getting £4000 back but you have to pay in for another 2yrs before you can get it...does that make sense?
Basically, economic downturn - have to help businesses so make cuts in public sector. They're also increasing apprenticeships for young people - all well and good but what's going to happen when there's no jobs at the end of it?
As for benefits, I got fuck all from the government. Worked 3 jobs to put myself through uni and teaching college yet can't even get on the housing market.
No-one can get on the housing market. I cant, and I went to university for 10 years, which I paid mostly myself (by whoreing myself to engineering firms in exchange for fees) AND I once played metal gear solid for 3 days and my thumbs went numb for a month.
I sympathise with those who wish to, but can't get on the housing market. I got lucky and bought in the mid 90's when property prices were real low and I was in a solid relationship providing 2 incomes to the household. However, after a split up I was left as sole mortgage holder, and as house prices had soared I had to find big money for a settlement and needed to remortgage. It's not easy running digs on one income..! Basically I was left in shit. I think I'll go on strike over this.....
Last edited by Ric Barnes; 30-11-2011 at 12:18 PM.
I saw 4 people picketing outside Rugby St Cross Hospital. It made me change my entire outlook on this thing........sorry my mistake, it didn't
Were people beeping their horns as they drove past..?