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Stop bashing civil servants
9:32am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in Letters
I WOULD like to respond to L Spencer's letter in your edition dated Wednesday, March 13.
There seems to be a tendency to tar all civil servants with the same brush.
May I point out that while councils may well be out of touch with hard-pressed council tax-paying citizens (some of whom are also civil servants that also pay income tax), but the government that is not "in it together" with us.
Not all civil servants have greater job security than the private sector, and concerning final salary pensions, only if your wages are likely to keep up, never mind exceed the rate of inflation is this something to look forward to, but unlikely as most civil servants wages are on a constant pay freeze, amounting to pay cuts due to inflation.
Also the private sector traditionally earn more for the a similar roll of that in the civil service and have the choice of what pension they wish. Whereas our conditions are changed, whether we like it or not.
Simply put, look to the top with your criticisms, not all of us have gold plated pension schemes and ever increasing bonus's like the bankers, most civil servants are struggling the same as everyone else.
J Partington by email.