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(International Business Times)   Today in FFS: British politicians are getting an 11% pay rise, while public sector workers are capped at 1%   ( divider line
    More: Dumbass, MPs, evening meal, Ed Miliband  
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2332 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Dec 2013 at 1:02 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-12-12 01:04:20 PM  
4 votes:
Same shiat, different country.
2013-12-12 01:12:07 PM  
3 votes:
This is why the UK has such repressive gun laws.
2013-12-12 12:58:32 PM  
2 votes:
No doubting where we Americans came from.
2013-12-12 02:42:27 PM  
1 vote:

Moopy Mac: Cold_Sassy: Same shiat, different country.

"By law, Congress obtains an annual automatic pay adjustment, equivalent to the prior year's average private sector wage change. However, the raise can't be a higher percentage than for other federal employees."

Congress has voted to decline these increases the last several years (and in a couple of those years federal employees did not receive any living adjustment). I do not believe Congress has received a cost of living raise since 2009.

Are you saying that like it's a bad thing?

I think we need a payscale tied to performance, you know like teachers.
2013-12-12 01:59:59 PM  
1 vote:
2013-12-12 01:52:55 PM  
1 vote:
Oh FFS...

MPs in the UK have long enjoyed an extremely generous 'expenses' fund with minimal oversight that also included money for redecorating their homes, an inflation proof final salary pension scheme that is achieved by putting away only 10% of their income for 40 years* and a generous severance pay that can equal their entire years salary if they have served long enough.

How much a MP was able to take home depended on how much they were willing to shamelessly game the system.

These reforms are intended to reduce 'expenses' abuse, make the pension fund somewhat more self funding, reign in the severance pay and make MPs actually detail what they are doing with their time... so it's no wonder the proposal is being blasted by MPs from all political parties.

*Scaled per year of service by 1/40 for each year if you serve less than 40 years. So if you serve for 10 years you get an inflation proof final salary pension of 25% of your paycheck.
2013-12-12 01:31:28 PM  
1 vote:

truelateral: I'll be fine with my 1%, thanks very much.

I very much enjoyed my 1% pay rise in April, thanks government. Of course my pension contributions went up by 1% of pay as well.

My pension won't be any bigger, either. But that doesn't matter because I'll be working until I am 70.

And 11% for the politicians, clearly the British don't need a proctologist to locate the biggest azzholes in the country.
2013-12-12 01:29:19 PM  
1 vote:
Everyone should get an annual pay increase equal to inflation.
2013-12-12 01:26:51 PM  
1 vote:
It's like money Jenga. You keep stacking all the money to the top and it will all fall down to the bottom for everybody to get! It just hasn't fallen over yet.
2013-12-12 01:24:34 PM  
1 vote:
In addition, "resettlement payments" will be replaced with "more modest" loss-of-office payments, which will be available only to those who contest their seat and lose. I reading this right? Politicians that get voted out of office get a payment from the taxpayers? Or am I missing something?
2013-12-12 01:14:31 PM  
1 vote:
"We are sweeping away the out-of-date and overly generous benefits, and introducing a one-off uplift in pay. Crucially, thereafter MPs' pay will be linked to everyone elses."
"We have designed these reforms so they do not cost the taxpayer a penny more. When taken with the tens of millions we have saved by reforming the business cost and expenses regime, we have saved the taxpayer over £35m with the changes we have introduced since 2010."

In other words they are swapping out non cash benefits for cash payments and (according to them) the end amount is the same.
2013-12-12 01:06:52 PM  
1 vote:
British politicians are public sector workers. They've just forgotten who they work for... which I mean the electorate, as opposed to Rupert Murdoch

2013-12-12 01:05:24 PM  
1 vote:
Some public servants are more equal than others.
2013-12-12 01:03:55 PM  
1 vote:

hardinparamedic: edmo: No doubting where we Americans came from.

The peasants are revolting, Sir.

They certainly are.
2013-12-12 01:03:23 PM  
1 vote:

edmo: No doubting where we Americans came from.

The peasants are revolting, Sir.
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