Civil servants have responded the
way we thought they would to proposed pay cuts, a pension suspension and requirement
for them to help pay for their healthcare.
While most are in agreement to a small
pay cut, they won’t go along with the pension proposal and would support exploration
of health insurance co-pays based on certain conditions.
It is now time for the elected
officials to step up to the plate and legislate our way out of this financial
It’s well and good that government
agencies have been told to find ways to reduce spending in their departments.
Government – the men and women we
elected in May last year – must set a budget and enforce it, which would force
government agencies and authorities to find ways to make dead weight employees
redundant and get serious about helping our country balance its budget.
But that’s highly unlikely because,
as the Miller Report shows, a huge number of voters are civil servants.
To force the reduction of the
number of civil servants could amount to political suicide. There will be
another election in three years and we doubt the government of the day wants to
give up its power.
So government is going to have to
negotiate. Civil servants do not.
At the end of the day everyone on
the government’s payroll wants to keep their jobs along with their pension and
free health care. Who wouldn’t?
But if civil servants don’t start
acting like employees at private sector businesses who go without pay raises
and bonuses to help their companies stay afloat, they could find themselves in
dire straits in the long run.
If our civil servants don’t work
with government to help balance the budget, the budget won’t get balanced. We
can’t borrow money any more, the UK will come in and take over and our country
will be in ruin.
Then no one will have jobs and we
will once again become the islands that time forgot.
There has to be some cooperation if we are to
have a sustainable future.