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  • ""Nice try but misquoting my post won't wash.

    I said public sector wages are 8% higher than the equivalent private sector. No grey area there - they are."
    Misquoting your post? I'm sorry where did I misquote you? 8% down on Private sector is exactly the same as what you've said.

    I may have said IF but that is because I don't believe the figures you have quoted because they are invariably manipulated by those providing them, especially if they come from government sources.

    And at least I understood your post, you quoted me as saying Public when I in fact said Private.

    Trying to twist what I was saying for more trolling were you?

    "I am not of the working?
    Odd that here I am at job working. Am I somehow not here is that what your saying?
    No I am not working poor but anyone on minimum wage most certainly is and you SHOULD resent the hell out of a system that steals from you to pay people richer than yourself."

    What I meant to say is that you are not of the working poor. PC malfunction. So sue me.

    And do you want to know why, as a person in the private sector on NMW I don't resent the hell out of the public sector -

    Because they provide a service.

    One that due to chronic asthma and eczema and various other health issues in my childhood, and a severely broken knee 5 years ago I have had cause to use parts of that service frequently.

    If the public sector were not paid what they are paid we would not have an NHS - and I would quite possibly not be alive.

    Why do you begrudge them a living and a reasonable pension in retirement?

    Why must you and everyone who supposedly on the side of the "working poor" demand the public sector be made poorer, is it some contest to see who can be poorest quickest?

    "You say you have no pension provision. You have NI contributions so you do have the state pension. Even so this matter affects you. Yes by all means try to improve your lot but supporting those better off than you in a pointless strike isn't IMO going to help anyone."

    And you think the state pension will be enough to live on in the future?

    Dream on. My father was on a state pension, shortly before he died a year ago, he lived in relative poverty, barely able to pay his bills.

    Do you think that situation will get better in years to come or worse?

    Yes I have no pension provision currently, but I don't intend it to be that way for long, if I can help it, but I don't begrudge anyone who provides a service that I have used trying to protect their pensions.

    The majority of public sector workers are not better off than anyone as you think they are - you are falling for clap trap the media and government spin.

    You think all the public sector workers earn £40k pa judging by what you've said.

    You couldn't be more wrong.

    Thats my opinion and I'm entitled to it as much as you are yours. I claim mine as being logical and factual whereas yours appears to me to be just emotive.

    Yes that is your opinion.

    But that doesn't give you the right to attack public sector workers for standing up for themselves, nor does it give you the right to make asinine and insulting comments such as -

    "Very touchy, are you one of these Outreach Co-ordinators? or do you have a proper job? "

    Let me guess though, I've just misquoted what was printed in black and white further up this thread.

    Jog on mate, you're no more for the working poor than Cameron is.

    Those who do genuinely support the working poor do not advocate making other people the working poor as well."
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Essex strikes: Live updates from across the county

First published in Local News

Public sector workers across the county are striking today to protest against proposed changes to pension plans.

Schools, police, and council services are all likely to be affected.

Travellers using Stansted Airport have been warned to expect long delays at border control because UK Border Agency staff are among those striking.

108 schools confirmed to Essex County Council that they intended to close fully because of the strike action.

More than 300 schools have not informed the county council of their decision.

Marches were expected in towns across the county including Colchester, Chelmsford, Harlow, Southend.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Essex Police put robust contingency plans in place on Wednesday, November 30 to ensure that critical services were fully maintained throughout the day.

"As of 3:30pm today there have been no reported problems and all emergency and non emergency calls have been answered and responded to in the most appropriate way.

"Essex Police estimates that under 5 per cent of support staff (including PCSOs) took part in the industrial action.

"Across the county Essex Police has worked with partner agencies to ensure minimal disruption to anyone not taking part in a protest and going about their daily business. At the present time there are no strike-related incidents to report."

Councillor David Finch Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation Programme, said: “Today’s National Public Sector strike has had a minimal impact on Essex County Council’s services, there were no issues in our adult or children’s social care areas, our libraries were all open and our highways and transport services are all running as usual, although 2 mobile libraries did not go out and a handful of adult evening classes will not take place tonight.

My impression from being in County Hall today is that most employees attended for work as normal.

Of course we would have preferred no industrial action at all, but we are pleased that our employees as well as local and regional level trade unions have taken a measured approach”

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