Anyone of a certain age will have heard all of this strike posturing many times before, especially the ‘it’s a matter for employers and workers, the government should not be involved’. There’s been much talk from the man who doesn’t want to get involved (Grant Shapps, Transport Minister) of the ‘median salary’ of train drivers, £59,189 apparently. Well, they’re doing OK, aren’t they, I’ve heard on many a ‘phone in. They do have a lot of lives in their hands, however. More, perhaps, than the average CEO of a FTSE 100 company (median salary £2.69m) or Premiership Footballer (£3.17m). Although perhaps not as many as the average nurse (£31,093) or care worker (£16,502). Scope for more than a little levelling up there, I’d say.
“Britain is braced for a winter of strikes – yet a public backlash just hasn’t happened”
There’s a lot of support, I know, for the striking nurses/rail workers/posties/firemen et al. But you don’t have to go far to hear quite a bit of ‘you know some of them earn £40,000 a year not bad is it and they get great pensions don’t know what they’re complaining about there’s no money anyway’.