Broken promises led to unfortunate strike

It was an unfortunate coincidence for David Cameron that he should be condemning public sector workers for going out on strike just three days before it was announced that executive pay was rising 27 times more than the average wage.

Nobody wants strike action to disrupt essential public services, but the truth is that the government have reneged on their promise to NHS staff and instead stoked up anti-public sector worker rhethoric.

The government actually seem to view being at war with our nurses, teachers, carers and firefighters as some sort of policy triumph.

The truth is that whilst most people accept that pay awards will continue to be tight, hard-pressed workers chose to go a day without pay last Thursday because they want negotiation and honesty from government, not belligerence and provocation.

On pensions, the government have attacked public sector pensions without ever holding a review of whether the individual schemes are funded.

I regret that I was unable to attend the demonstration by public sector workers in Chesterfield last Thursday, because in tough times it is important that all workers know they have the right to a fair deal.

Now the government should sit down with the Trade Unions and lets’ end the disruption.

Toby Perkins MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield

Nobody wants strike action to disrupt essential public services, but the truth is that the government have reneged on their promise to NHS staff and instead stoked up anti-public sector worker rhethoric.

The government actually seem to view being at war with our nurses, teachers, carers and firefighters as some sort of policy triumph.

The truth is that whilst most people accept that pay awards will continue to be tight, hard-pressed workers chose to go a day without pay last Thursday because they want negotiation and honesty from government, not belligerence and provocation.

On pensions, the government have attacked public sector pensions without ever holding a review of whether the individual schemes are funded.

I regret that I was unable to attend the demonstration by public sector workers in Chesterfield last Thursday, because in tough times it is important that all workers know they have the right to a fair deal.

Now the government should sit down with the Trade Unions and lets’ end the disruption.

Toby Perkins MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield