Public sector must accept inevitable

LAST week the County Times published a letter written from Christ’s Hospital School, apparently speaking on behalf of the teachers there, supporting the teachers in the public service sector for their strike.

The reality is that we are all living longer and this requires an adjustment of our working years and pensions.

With the majority of the country accepting this unpleasant but necessary correction, those in the public sector must also accept the inevitable.

We cannot continue to allow our public servants to exist in some dreamland of work-related benefits which is far in excess of those received by those who they are supposed to work for.

If we need any example of the sheer nonsense that has been going on in our local government we only have to look at the incredible payoff to the dismissed chief executive by West Sussex County Council.

How we would all like to be dismissed in such a fashion. No wonder they wanted to hide this.

This public sector strike and those that will inevitably follow are not against the Government, they are against us, those of us who are presently working to support these public workers, pensioners existing on dwindling incomes, even the disabled and unemployed.

Somewhere along the way, the word public servant has been forgotten and we have ended up working to support them. As Philip Circus says in his column, this is a fight that we the people must win regardless of all the threats and strikes that they use against us.

Horsham MP Francis Maude and the Government are correct to address this imbalance between the public and private sectors and they must not back away from this regardless of what is threatened.

The majority of the public do support the Government and the public servants will, in the end, have to realise the inevitable.

Of course teachers are important, so are nurses and doctors all of whom constantly emphasise their importance to our society. But then there are those who quietly go about their business without declaring their value.

The farmers who produce our food, seamen who transport our goods, bakers who make our bread, if fact all of us who work are equally important to the fabric of our society. In other words, no group has any right to claim priority above any other.

MICHAEL RAWLINGS-LLOYD

Brighton Road

Lower Beeding