Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shitting where you eat

The government's demands for public service pay cuts are about to come back to bite it, with Parliamentary Services workers voting to begin industrial action. The government wants to freeze their pay, de-collectivise them, and reduce redundancy payments (a clear sign of staffing cuts to come).

These are the people who answer the phones, deliver the messages, do the research for MP's speeches, and guard the doors. Without them, life in Parliament will become difficult. MPs will have to handle their own phone calls, run their own errands, learn how to use a library properly, and guard their own backs.

The Minister in charge of the Parliamentary Service is the Speaker, Lockwood Smith. If you support the Parliamentary Service workers, feel free to email him and let him know.