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I’m pretty sure that Mr Serwotka is not in this together, seeing as his earnings last year when taking into account pension contribution etc exceeded 100k!
at least he`s right in what he`s saying , bring it on fellow brit`s lets march tae london!!!!
Sadly you could probably be right about many union leaders in that. But not Mark Serwotka. I happen to know he declines to take a chunk of his salary and donates it to the PCS Fighting Fund. He maybe keeps it quite because, in this understandably cynical world, so few could understand or grasp that kind of act without sneering or questioning the motive.
This speech was brilliant. Uncompromising and tells it exactly as it is. Even few Union Leaders manage that.
The so called need for cuts is half driven by the financial crisis caused by the same people making the cuts. The other half is pure right wing ideology. I was suspicious at the height of the crash in 2008. Why were the Tory’s so quite? Silly me. I can now see them privately salivating at the golden opportunity their corrupt backers in The City were giving them. A chance and time to finish Thatchers job.
If any one saw Mark on Question time last week I hope they were struck like me at the rest of the panels reluctance to either engage, attack or even ridicule his argument. It was as if they had not been trained, or knew how, to depart from the script the bloody Bankers have given them. Forgotten how to in fact.
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Mark is the first person to highlight something important. Ministers keep quoting “why should the tax payer pay for public sector pensions?”. Mark is the first person that I have heard point out that public sector workers ARE tax payers. This government is trying to create a new social divition. Public sector v Private sector. I’m 69 years old and I can tell you that Mark is the first real Union Leader for many years. He speaks pure common sense. Smells like the dying breath of Margaret Thatcher to me.
Mark was the one who refused to engage as he constantly put forward his socialist view and was not prepared to listen to any others.
Also, I would not be so quick to bash the bankers seeing as they in most years produce 6% of Britains GDP. Yes they earn a lot themselves but also provide funds for the government via taxation. Would you rather see them driven out of the country to prove a point or shall we keep raking in billions in taxation?
So, where are the billions they rake in if this country is broke? And, if we are not broke why are we suffering?
Ok, so Mark Serwotka takes home about 50k per annum; for that he gives his heart and soul, spends an awful lot of time away from home and is passionate in defence and furtherance not just of his members but for all those “less fortunate”. He does not gamble other’s peoples money and then, hey, just for fun, place a second bet against his first bet! He does not have the total arrogance of the bankers in awarding themselves £7 billion in bonuses just 2 years after screwing the country! Should they not have had the humility to start paying back the public bailout with that instead of trousering it? And should not the ConDems have bloody made them?! And why were they not made to? Because the ConDems, like Labour, are both in their pockets and scared they’ll move offshore. Well, let them go, they only bring in 6% of gdp, the other 94% therefore comes from other sectors which are now suffering, this is not hitting just the public sector as there has been no private sector growth for a year, when things stop growing they start to contract!
I’m totally with Mark Serwotka and what he said on Question Time; It is clear Keynesian thinking, it has saved us before and can do again, yes a different age but we need infrastructure again, the school builings programme, better roads or better still, freight on updated canals and god knows we need social housing!
Thank you James, you got me to watch Question Time for a second time and focus on Mark Serwotka, actually, the audience reacted much more favourably to him than to any of the other pannelists so not quite sure what you were watching! I for one, if my local public service unions go on strike, will be standing solidly beside them!
Oh and at the risk of replying to myself, a caveat that, should the winking bankers leave the country (please do!), those fine big buildings they vacate should be forfeited in case of default on their debt to this beleaguered society they so want to escape – not ! They want us to cow-tow, be afraid, and Mark Serwotka is the face that says we won’t! Him and the half million I had the priviledge to march with/shuffle alongside/eat my picnic with/smile to/talk to on the day, and those that thanked me for going when they afterward learned that I did!
MS is paid in excess of 100k per year and gives 4k to the union fighting fund. A disgrace.
Obviously you don’t remember the history of the trade unions and the workers. If not for the unions and YOUR WORKING grandparents you would still be grafting for nothing!
By the way most youngsters today don’t know what hard work is. It’s hard.
Oh my Jayne, sorry if this is seeming like some kind of double act, but you just said almost everything I want to in further response to James. Fecking brilliant, to coin your term. Thank you.
No James, Mark did not ‘just put forward his Socialist view’ on QT (Wish he had). He did what according to you he is paid mega bucks for, speak for his 300,000 members. I am one of them and proud to be so.
The fact you feel he did not engage with the other pannelists claptrap is laughable. That tosh is what we have drummed into us 24/7. It’s all pervasive like bloody rust. You seem brainwashed yourself by it. How refreshing therefore to have somebody departing from the right wing script and telling it as it is. I repeat again. The other panelists did not know what to do with that. Yes it’s arrogance on their part. Also alot of insecurity.
Plus Mark is elected. Several times on a popular vote. Which is more than you can say for the rest he was with. Most especially anybody who laughingly claims to be from the Govt. We did not elect one remember.
Interesting you quote and give a link from ‘Workers Liberty’. I recommend you stick around sites like that and read more.
Though it’s ever so simple for me. I look forward to the day when I do not have to live on an island where thieving toss pots can spend upwards of £40,000 on just the wine bill in restaurants in the West End, whilst an elderly pensioner cannot find just £400 for heating and survival through the winter.
Just before you say it, nobody but nobody either earns or is worth the kind of obscene money of the former. They are rich because people are poor. One needs the other.
Hope to see you on the next march.
I am going to post this all over the site, unfortunately the notice publicising Manchester’s event on 29th April gives no opportunity for feedback, it really should, and it really should be taken up all over the country:
Just seen what Manchester is doing on 29th April. Brilliant and so poignant, a funeral for public services. There is no mechanism to repond to them on their notice, so I brought it here. I will go to that, also urge people, everyone please, to place a wreath or a single white lily on the steps of their local government building on that day and when asked why, well, if you belong here you know the answer.
Hank, simple response. If that is true about MS yes it a disgrace. If it is true I should be used to it by now. Just wondering about your sources for that though. Difficult to trust and disseminate stuff when most of the hysterical attacks against him fall little short of calling him the anti-christ.
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