A strike by local government workers in Scotland over changes to their pension scheme will have a "massive impact" on services, Cosla has warned.
Well, they would say that, wouldn't they.
Workers are unhappy over plans to scrap Rule 85 - which allows scheme members to retire without penalty from the age of 60 if their age and experience add up to at least 85.
Finance Minister Tom McCabe has defended the move and said the Scottish Executive believed the rule breaches EU rules on age discrimination.
For which read, "we are completely fucked financially, and we simply cannot afford this kind of shit anymore."
However, Unison said it was important to keep Rule 85 to protect public sector workers' rights.
Mr Di Paola said: "It allows people who have reached the age of 60 - if they have service and age that add up to 85 - to go at 60 without a reduction in their pension.
He said there was an "inherent unfairness" about local government workers not being able to take advantage of early retirement provision, while civil servants, teachers and NHS workers could.
Really? Personally, I think that there is an inherent unfairness in that public sector workers automatically get pensions at all. Since the average public sector wage is now considerably higher than the average private sector wage, why the fuck shouldn't they pay for their own damn pensions rather than leaching off the rest of us? And, why, in the name of fuck, should they have a "right" to retire early when those who pay their wages and their damn pensions are being asked to work till they're 70? Especially as public sector workers have such shitty productivity (for which read "they are lazy, inefficient bastards) and take far more sick days per year than do private sector workers?
Stress is one of the leading causes of absence in the public sector, it added.
About half of public bodies cited stress as the leading cause of long-term absence for non-manual workers.
Look, the solution to this is really simple: if they become so stressed that they have to take time off sick, then they should be sacked and replaced with someone who can do the job. You'd be doing those workers a favour really as they could go and find a job which more fits their skills. Like flipping burgers in MacDonald's; oh, no, they'd probably get stressed about the queues of people waiting.
Absence levels were highest in local government, the health sector and in the drink, tobacco and transport industries.
Wow, is that the local government workers to whom we need to give more protection?
The survey of more than 1,000 organisations also found differences in how the public sector manages absence compared to the private sector.
I think that we all know what's coming, don't we...?
Public sector organisations are far less likely to take disciplinary action against workers who take excessive time off sick, the CIPD found. In addition, sick pay is generally more generous in the public sector.
Yup, they get more sick pay and the job-for-life mentality ensures that we continue to pay for people who cannot do the job for which they were hired. This means that their work either gets shunted onto someone else, who will then probably not be able to cope with the stress and also go off sick, or we have to pay for someone else to be hired, thus paying two people—on generous salaries and even more generous pension plans, naturally—to do the job of one person.
God, I love this country...