Sunday, March 18, 2012

regional pay rates

Contrary to the quotes from the Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka on the BBC this morning I'm totally in favour of scrapping national pay rates. Is it right that a worker in Wales can, on a publicly funded salary, earn enough to live comfortably in a 3 bed house while another worker in the South East of England doing the same job can't afford a one bed flat? Personally I don't think so.

According to the report
The Treasury says public sector pay in Wales is up to 18% higher than the private sector
which would seem to indicate that money is being unnecessarily thrown at public sector workers in the area. Scrap national pay bargaining, scrap national minimum wage, let the market decide the value of the work and of each employee doing that work.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another piece of the Balkanisation of England puzzle.

Sackerson said...

Except it means wages in high rent/high property price areas go up, so benefiting Mark Wadsworth's homeowner-ists:

http://markwadsworth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/readers-letter-of-day_10.html

So the strategy will be: work in London, retire in the provinces, displace local people who now can't afford housing in their area because you can pay far more than them.