READER LETTER: ‘Public sector workers do not have it so easy’

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While I understand that K. Mortimer was annoyed by recent public sector strikes, I consider some of the comments both unfair and inaccurate.

Historically, public sector employees may have had better pay, pensions and conditions than those employed in some areas of the private sector (though certainly not all), and in some cases still do, but things have changed considerably during the years of the recession with pay freezes and changes to pensions and conditions of service. Many public sector workers have been made redundant because of spending cuts, so I do not understand why K Mortimer believes ‘their jobs will always be there.’ I wonder too what ‘cheap products and services’ public sector employees have access to which are not available to anyone else.

K Mortimer seems to think that public sector workers are sponging off private sector workers as their pay and pensions only exist ‘because those employed in the private sector go out and work to pay the tax that provides the funding for public services’. Perhaps they don’t realise that the majority of public sector workers are actually taxpayers themselves.

Strikes always divide opinion, whether they are in the public or private sector, as they cause annoyance and disruption, and on occasions, hardship. Indeed, they divide opinion between workers themselves, with many choosing to go to work as normal when a strike is called.

We need, and most of us value, our public services and it really does not help to imply that public sector employees are second-class citizens, only in a job because others pay their taxes.

Rosemary Steer

Harleston Road