Putting aside the fact the PCS has backed strike action on the basis of only 61% approval on a 32% turnout (hardly a resounding demonstration of broad support), the co-ordinated strike action by the public sector raises a very simple question: where is the money going to come from?
Focusing on PCS again, we hear their general secretary bemoaned the future reduction on public sector pension pay-outs. But he delicately side-steps the question of where, realistically, the money is going to come from to support into the future the kind of public sector pension settlement we currently have.
I have no problem with strikes. If people want to band together and take co-ordinated action on something they feel strongly about they should absolutely do so and be free to do so. But I do have a problem with those who demand rewards that simply aren’t practical or sustainable.
Public sector pensions are a case in point. Changes have to be made because the money simply isn’t there.
So strike away. But if you’re going to demand something, try to make sure it’s a little more achievable and reasonable than ‘the moon on a stick’.