The UK Government sparked off a revolt with announcing a possible increase of MPs’ salaries of £7,600. Especially the Unions objected and threatened a tidal wave of strikes unless ordinary workers are not getting a similar deal.
Many people pointing the finger at the Unions as troublemakers especially the Tories. However, the fact is if it weren’t for the Unions people would still be working in Victorian era conditions. As it shows and proves again with this Tory Government the general public is forced to face austerity while the Elite gets away with all their wheeling and dealing and there is no other power or party who stops them. It is only the Unions who put the pressure on the Tories. During Thatcher’s time great force was used to break the Unions and some extent she succeeded, unfornutely. She paid the police heavily to counteract the demonstration against closures of mines, steel works and shipyards. Due to this rather unethical method the Unions lost some power.
It appears that the MPs increment would cost the country £4.6million which is unacceptable when the rest of the country live in poverty. Family have to go to foodbanks for free food to feed their family and the Pawnbrokers are rapidly on the increase again. The charity of ‘Save the Children Fund’ announced that they have to appeal to the public for donation for the first time since their existented. Their report spoke of incredible existence in the Midland and North of England. It seems David Cameron turning the country back to Dickens’ time and that in the 21st century.
The Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority claims that there will be cuts to the MPs’ pensions, “golden goodbuys” and some allowances which would reduce the annual bill by £500,000. Now this would really bring the deficit down after having spent £4.6million in the first place.
The proposal created a storm in Parliament and the three leaders had a job to survive it.
– MPs’ pay rise would be from £66,396 to £74,000 in 2015 or £7,604.
– MPs’ pension will be a career average with lower contribution from the politician and taxpayer which results in reduced payments in retirement. Well time will tell and evidence speaks louder than words.
– Resettlement grants of up to £33,000 will be replaced in 2020 by double statutory redundancy pay for MPs who fail to retain their seat. The maximum pay-out will be around £24,000. Surely this an unknown fact to most of the general public and no person whose lost his/hers job would be given any money for the expenses especially not that amount.
– The evening meal allowance will be axed and claims for taxi home before 11pm or a hotel stay before 1am. Allowances for a person earning £66,396.
The general workforce would appreciate if they would get a pay rise of 11 per cent and 11 per cent on their salaries or wages would never reach that amount as of the MPs 11 per cent on £66,396. However, in view of the present one per cent in the public sector and two per cent in the private sector which is just a drop in the ocean. Most of them are even in a pay freeze. This comparison is the reality of today’s Tories ‘politics and them and us. This division had been going on for three years since they are in power.
Labour Leader Ed Milliband announced that he will not accept it but Mr Cameron has not so far objected and Mr Clegg agreed with it. The next move will be a vote on the proposal and would it be very surprising if it were outvoted?
It is not these salaries plus the increase they receiving most of the MPs have a number of second jobs which brings in further big salaries. Mr Milliband spoke of it the other day and promised that if the Labour party will be get into power they will stop it. He pointed out that nobody can do a number of other jobs without neglecting their own constituency. He stated that some MPs earn up to £5million a year plus get a lot of perks. Therefore, at a time of economical hardship it is unforgivable if this proposal would go ahead but it would be very surprising if they turn their own salary’ increase down.