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It is not just the public sector 'fat cats' who will feel the pain of pay freeze

Publié par Clifford Armion le 22/06/2010

Sean O'Grady

"According to the Chancellor, the public sector has put the nation on "the road to ruin". The Prime Minister insists that it is "fair" that public workers on £18,000 should have their pay frozen when inflation is running at 5 per cent. The Deputy Prime Minister argues that public sector pensions are "unfair and unaffordable".

"The choreographed process of softening up for today's Budget has been skilful; barely a day goes by without another grim warning about the dangers to the nation from the build-up of debt, and with it a new round of cuts. Britain is the new Greece, we are told. We need to act, and now.

"Yet even if ministers are correct in this analysis - and there are plenty of respected economists who doubt it - it inevitably leaves public servants feeling demonised, scapegoated and abused, despite routine declarations about their hard work and devotion."

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"It is not just the public sector 'fat cats' who will feel the pain of pay freeze", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2010. Consulté le 26/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/it-is-not-just-the-public-sector-fat-cats-who-will-feel-the-pain-of-pay-freeze