Bill Esterson MP: Public sector strikes show people are fed up w

Bill Esterson

 

Labour’s MP for Sefton Central Bill Esterson says the strikes by staff across the public sector show the depth of feeling towards the attacks made on them by this government. 

Staff have faced big pay cuts combined with cuts to their pensions since the coalition was formed in 2010. Meanwhile those earning over £150,000 a year have seen their taxes cut at the same time.

Bill Esterson said: "Teachers, nurses, fire fighters and police officers have all seen their pay cut under this government at the same time that the Tories and Lib Dems have given tax cuts to the wealthiest. 

"Michael Gove says he values teachers but he has consistently cut their pay. The same is true across the public sector. If you value your staff you don’t treat them the way that this government has done. 

"The Tories and their Lib Dem allies have provoked strikes and those of you going on strike have every right to feel that you have no choice. 

"To those people who say that teachers, nurses and fire fighters should not strike, I would ask them to speak to the staff who teach our children, who care for us and who protect us and understand just what has happened to lead to this point. 

"The staff I know who work in the public sector do so because they want to serve the public. The way the government has acted has made this very difficult at times. 

"Everyone understands that the deficit needs to be cut following the global financial crisis. But this government is cutting the pay of those who work hard in our public services at the same time as giving more money to the wealthy. I think that is why many people will understand and will support those on strike. 

"Teachers are being asked to work far longer than ever before. Fire fighters have faced cuts at a dangerous level. Meanwhile nurses in our NHS face a growing crisis due to the top down re-organisation, the privatisation of services and the cuts in social services. 

"I would prefer it if there were no strikes but I completely understand why people who have never been on strike are doing so. They are taking a stand and we should show that we are on their side not on that of a reckless government which has caused the strikes."

 

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