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Well John I say blame the unions for insnstiig on nationally-negotiated wage rates (the only exception being London weighting) and resisting local market-base wage rates. Yes, public sector workers are underpaid compared to the private sector in some parts of the South East. But in the rest of the country, the public sector is significantly overpaid comapred to the private sector and you can live very well indeed.There are many highly qalified private sector workers that can’t afford houses in central London. Quite a few even have student loans to pay back. That’s why so many people commute. Your point was?All the figures show that if the public sector is sustained by low wage rates, then the private sector is sustained by even lower wage rates, on the average. Are you advocating pay rises all round? Of course, the public sector are deemed more important hence ridiculous schemes like key worker housing. How come the only key workers are in the public sector?Of course certain sectors of the public sector are more powerful than others that’s why GPs have to scrape along on a3100k. If you feel so strongly about nurse wages how about giving up your next wage increase so that they can have more?There is no great shortage of teachers, hence pay rates must be acceptable. Generally only maths and sciences (not soft sciences such as Biology) have any shortages and these are rapidly being rectified as science and engineering graduates are now flooding into teaching due to the collapse of the industries that used to employ them (thanks to the high costs in the UK). It’s a fool’s paradise, of course, because at this rate there won’t be much private sector left to pay for the public sector.
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