The Government don't care if the Pensioners and Unemployed go on strike

Gemlarkin

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The Government don't care if the Pensioners and Unemployed go on strike!

The coming budget will be interesting. If the Crokepark agreement stands with no further pay cuts for public servants, it can only mean that the unemployed and the pensioners will face cuts.

80% of expenditure goes on education, health and welfare. If wage rates are falling and must continue to fall to build competitiveness then welfare must be slashed.

Any strike by the unemployed or the pensioners would be largely disregarded by the Government as they don't care if they strike.

Will the Government review the generous tax allowances for retired people.

If there is a review of Crokepark the unions will have to face the Government down if they are not to see their members realize that their union subscriptions are a waste of money.

In reality all the unions can secure is a few weeks with no pay for their workers should they strike plus a lot of blackouts to services for the public.

Far easier for an uncaring Government to target the unemployed and the pensioners.
 


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450,000 Unemployed is a lot to be scared about.

As for those who continue to be wealthy, they had better watch themselves, crime is already up.

How do you think the country will survive with 450,000 people unable to pay their bills, spend money, or pay rents and mortgages, mayhem.
 

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What if the pensioners and unemployed realise that 'striking' and 'marching' does not work and riot instead?
cannot see it happening but never say never
 

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I don't see the pensioners rioting

What if the pensioners and unemployed realise that 'striking' and 'marching' does not work and riot instead?
cannot see it happening but never say never
I don't see the pensioners rioting.

The Governemtn will figure that one or two elections will thin their ranks.

The young unemployed will be encouraged to emigrate

( we can't all live on a small island)

Brian Lenihan, Snr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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surely 'pensioners and unemployed going on strike' is a oxymoron?
 

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Any strike by the unemployed or the pensioners would be largely disregarded by the Government as they don't care if they strike.
They may not strike..but they do vote
 
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Of course the 450,000 figure is just for the claimiants.

If you include partners and children you are looking at a figure of nearer 1 million. Thats a qtr of the Irish population.
 

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The point is they are easier to target than public sector workers

surely 'pensioners and unemployed going on strike' is a oxymoron?
The point is they are easier to target than public sector workers. The Croke Park agreement has already shielded the public sector.
 

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The Government don't care if the Pensioners and Unemployed go on strike!

The coming budget will be interesting. If the Crokepark agreement stands with no further pay cuts for public servants, it can only mean that the unemployed and the pensioners will face cuts.

80% of expenditure goes on education, health and welfare. If wage rates are falling and must continue to fall to build competitiveness then welfare must be slashed.

Any strike by the unemployed or the pensioners would be largely disregarded by the Government as they don't care if they strike.

Will the Government review the generous tax allowances for retired people.

If there is a review of Crokepark the unions will have to face the Government down if they are not to see their members realize that their union subscriptions are a waste of money.

In reality all the unions can secure is a few weeks with no pay for their workers should they strike plus a lot of blackouts to services for the public.

Far easier for an uncaring Government to target the unemployed and the pensioners.
They grey vote is a critical FF consituency - that many backbenchers want to protect - regardless of whether it's the right thing to do or not.

If the old age pension remains untouched - it will be motivated by self-preservation - nothing else
 

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The point is they are easier to target than public sector workers. The Croke Park agreement has already shielded the public sector.
The CPA has a get-out clause that can be activated in the case of further economic deterioration

I think the current circumstance fits the bill. Tear it up.
 

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The point is they are easier to target than public sector workers. The Croke Park agreement has already shielded the public sector.
The public sector took significant hits last year with the 6-8% pay cut and pension levy across the board of another 7%. Anyone who argues saying they have not taken pain is delusional.
That is at least a 10% decrease cut at all levels.
It can be argued that they have not touched PS pensioners yet but otherwise everyone else has been hit.

The unemployed and pensioners are reliant on the performance of the state to raise funds to pay their benefits. That may come under threat next year.
 


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