There is lots of negativity in the news right now, families facing the reality of public sector cuts, the risk of redundancy, uncertainty whether the private sector will really be able to pick up the shortfall in the employment market and now a double dip recession.
Many a wise person has already commented that the savings needed in the public sector should be conducted avoiding a non thinking “salami slice” approach. Departments and other public bodies have been working hard these past two years to or more to deliver required savings without impacting service users. I have written here myself about the terrible and difficult choices having to be made in Prisons and Health as just a couple of examples.
We know that times are tough, we get told about it at least five times a day, so it is interesting that now is the time that a number of Trade Unions choose to call for action , including strike action in relation to pay and pension claims.