June 27th, 2011

Pickles Bans Serwotka From DCLG

Guido couldn’t quite believe it when he saw one of the Sundays had been briefed that the government is preparing a ban on the practice of paying union officials out of the taxpayer purse. However when he saw that Mad Frankie Maude had floated the idea in all of the broadsheets, he was more than a little chuffed. Guido has been campaigning on this issue for months, starting with the big-mouth of the delectable Nurse Pilgrim in Tooting, and taking the campaign all the way to the Prime Minister. It looks like it’s getting some real traction. The public don’t like it, and it seems someone is listening.

As the first wave of strikes look set to begin on Thursday, Guido hears that PCS boss Mark Serwotka (£86,244 + £25,441 pension + 1,076 housing allowance pa,) wanted to rally his troops in the Department of Communities and Local Government. Whitehall sources say his request to come in and encourage members to walk out on Thursday was flatly rejected by Pickles. Apparently the slap hasn’t gone down well…


  1. 1
    Tachybaptus says:

    Just as long as Cameron doesn’t ‘promise’ to ban Pilgrims. Then it would never happen.


    • 12
      Mr Ed says:

      One problemo guido……

      If you dont an organisation paying for the union member – then the union member is a ‘spy’ in the midst. What company would have unpaid person in thier midst – with loyalties not to the org but to another org.

      I agree with you that union should make contribution – but union should pay employers – and employers still pay staff member – who may work up to 100% on union duties…..

      So case of unions paying for the salary of any employee who does work for them – rather than normal working duties.


      • 38
        ST says:

        Not really, the union simply has to pay for their reps time when they are acting for the union, the employer can release them from their duties while doing this. I understand this is what employers are obliged to do for town councillors.


        • 50
          Osama the Nazarene says:

          Nice one Mr F, first the Chinks now the Pilgrims!

          What is it that did it for for Ai Wei Wei? Was it the joke about them hacking your gmail account?


          • hava nagila says:

            I’ve always been impressed with how it’s always the morally superior left who throw around racial epithets and belittle the struggle for civil rights in other countries.

            It’s never the EEEEVIL RACIST RABID RIGHT WINGAAAARS who throw around terms like “Chink”. Funny that, innit?


          • No Chinks in your armour then says:

            Calm down dear. Its great to see the pompous, self-righteous politically correct weirdos getting wound up. Contacted the thought police yet?

            What should we post next? Somehting abouth Sarah Palin methinks.


        • 51
          Gweeedo says:

          problem is that when they do this “100%” of time – as guido reported then they no longer really working for the employer and if paid by the union you have a foreign person (a spy) not in your organisation…..

          which company would want a person in the heart of thier business doing 100% of non work-work and paid by outside org ?

          theres the rub


          • Old Tory says:

            Odd I would not employ someone to do a job that was not paid by me… what would they be doing?


          • misterned says:

            What would they be doing? According to “Nurse” Pilgim’s record, it is agitating against the employer, stirring up difficulties, whilst taking on private work paid for by the tax-payer as a private “consultant” offering courses to NHS staff (co-workers) in some sort of hocus pocus hippy nonsense.

            She is screwing the tax-payer 3 times over. Once by not doing her “Nurse’s” job. Twice by agitating against NHS reforms causing costs within the NHS to rise and three, by usung her NHS contacts as a way to get the tax-payer to pay for hocum courses offered to her co-workers.

            She is worse than a benefits thief!


          • Gweeedo says:

            you seem to have forgotted 4th – her pension.

            She gets paid 20-40+ years for having done nothing with regard to the job description – Nurse – care for sick people. Not Union rep!

            Brown – has lumbered the country with 100,000 of unpaid union-reps who dont do firstline services (so they steal from the frontline) and whose pension liability alone will prevent future governments of any colour from having massive spending spreeees


          • misterned says:


            I stand corrected. She does screw the tax-payers four ways.


        • 70
          This is from the chairman of the Conservative association which covers Mr Cameron’s constituency says:

          People think we’ll beg and steal from them. And they’re right.


          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            It’s a pity Pickles does not have the courage to make councils collect our bins each week.
            He has yet to cull the vast number of middle and senior mangers on huge salaries (above the PM) as well as rationalising the number of councils so they are lean and fit for purpose.
            How many times have we heard in the last year how Children’s Services are sorry for being inept at their job after a child has been tortured and killed at the hands of misfits??? How many more youngsters have to die before social services are radically changed. They appear incapable of taking toddlers away to a safe place??
            How much does this cost the ordinary taxpayer? Is it any wonder why our schools are overrun and led by anti social parents and hooligan children. Teachers do not stand a chance in the Liberal Human rights world. Wake up Pickles, there is a lot to do. Get off your fat behind and sort it out.


    • 32
      Hang The Bastards says:

      Cameron won’t do it…. HE HASN’T GOT A BACKBONE !

      Mad Frankie for PM…. At least he is in tune with us little people !

      Mad Frankie … our hero !


    • 48
      The LAW says:

      “Trade union reps are volunteers. They do not receive extra pay for their work as reps, though many are entitled to time off with pay to undertake their role as a rep.”



      • 52
        Osama the Nazarene says:

        Not 5 days a week 8 hours a day.


      • 57
        Tis all very vague says:

        Your rights as a UNISON rep



        • 67
          John Major's legacy. says:

          The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

          What on earth was Dear John thinking of?


          • Selohesra says:

            Probably had a face full of curry at the time


          • Penfold says:

            Getting stuck into Edwina methinks.


          • Barry says:

            My understanding is that the law states you can take reasonable time off UNPAID for public service like being a Town Councillor, magistrate or trade union rep etc. And not be sacked for doing so.
            An employer MAY choose to pay you for this time but does not have to.
            Of course the employer, ie local council, may sign an agreement to pay union reps etc but that is NOT compelled to do so by law.
            If the Council should or should not have signed such an agreement is a motter for the elected Members and the electorate.
            [sorry for the shouts been a Town Councillor for too long!]


          • Mike Hunt says:

            And school governors. I had one employer that very grudgingly sold me the time (they docked my pay). Obviously this was not a public sector employer.


          • God is an Englishman. says:

            Curry pie!


        • 174
          Koba says:

          But why can’t employees keep a union (club) membership outside of the workplace. They can meet off-premisis or on facebook in their own time.


    • 62
      Decent Conservative's cannot take it any more says:

      On the Conservative party’s failure to attract new members

      There is “no reason to join. Lots of reasons not to”.

      On West Oxfordshire Conservative Association

      “Collectively we are not always an appealing proposition … When we are together we are not always a group of people to whom many of our potential members are going to be magnetically drawn … When we come together as a group we sometimes morph into something different, less attractive.”

      On the association’s fundraising: “We have come across as graceless, voracious, crass, always on the take.”

      Shale’s prescription:

      “We must look different – when we communicate, when we’re together. We must sound different – in what we say, how we say it, the language we use, our tone of voice. We must behave differently – try to see ourselves as others see us.”

      Shale’s plan for reviving the association: Events with “money-can’t-buy appeal” such as “The PMQ DIY Lunch: Bring your own sandwiches to watch PMQs in a different fine country house in the constituency (by courtesy of a PPC member) every week; glass of wine, cup of coffee, informal discussion, yours for a fiver.”


    • 185
      East Midlander says:

      Thank God that Pickles has what passes for a backbone. Lets hope Wavy Dave backs his move though with a a jelly like Cameron Eric might not hold his breath


      • 190
        Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

        Pickles is causing much distress in Local Government and I should know as I have been involved in it for over forty years. This squeeze is entirely unfair, it is making us look at the pay and pensions of senior local government officers, the numbers we employ, the sort of jobs they do and the services they provide. This is causing these poor people much anxiety and stress in their lives. They are not used to this, having been, for years, used to job security, going home everyday at 4.00PM, taking lots of time off at taxpayer’s expense and exponentially increasing pay and pensions, not to mention, not having proper jobs in the first place. If this pressure, on these poor people is not released soon, then there is going to be much more industrial trouble, and I should know as I used to be a Union Convener over 40 years ago. Stop it Eric Pickles it is not fair.


        • 197
          Anon E Mouse says:

          Aw diddums


        • 210
          Anon says:

          You are having a laugh! I only have to look at my next door neighbor a “planning” officer at my local council. He never works Mondays or Fridays. He has every school holiday off. Gets to work at 9:15 leaves at 15:30, drives around using council petrol.

          The sooner we give these tossers the heave ho the better. If we were playing “fair” we would lock them out when they strike, hire half as many new staff and bask in the increased levels of “service” that we currently receive. I’ll give Reagan the Cowboy his due it worked for the Airline controllers in the USA. Planes didn’t fall out of they sky and those wankers were put in thier place.


  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Pilgrims scrapped? Result!!!


    • 8
      score draw says:

      In the same way we have less immigration, more cuts and less borrowing? That means more, not less , pilgrims in my book.


      • 78
        U-Turn Dave says:

        Look, I give you a cast-iron guarantee that these Pilgrims will be sacked.

        I promise you.

        Oh, hang on..


    • 90
      Bled White Taxpayer says:

      Draft Law for Pilgrims:

      “No person shall be paid with public monies for performing work for any trade union or private association, with immediate effect from the passing of this legislation. This applies at every level of Government from national to parish/ward level, and in every department”.

      Draft law for Strike Ballots:

      “No strike will be legal unless an absolute majority of those balloted vote for strike action. Anyone striking in defiance of this will lose every existing protection offered under employment law and may be dismissed with immediate effect by their employer, without compensation or right of appeal”.



    • 209
      Hugh Janus says:

      Not a ‘result’ yet Billy. This government has plenty of form for briefing the press with tough-sounding announcements and then doing nothing to implement them. Only when you hear the Pilgrims squealing under the coalition’s onslaught will you know that proper and effective action is being taken. For now, however, the silence is, as usual, deafening, and is likely to remain so for the forseeable.


  3. 3
    Jonty wonty says:

    What a minger


    • 5
      Jonty Pryor Labour Liar says:

      How very dare you! No more posts from me!


    • 17

      Wheres the gay little tosser been ?
      he used to spout shite on here all the time !


      • 25
        Anonymous says:

        Posting now as Moussa Koussa?


        • 43
          smoggie says:

          or Mustapha Khalif ?


        • 44
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          I wonder if he’s going to pop up and tell you that you’re miles out on that.

          He did to me, but perhaps because I was suggesting that some day he’ll be middle aged and fat.


        • 71
          smoggie says:

          Yes, there’s nothing quite so sad as a fat, half pickled, ageing old queen sat on a bar stool looking for friends. His sex life over scuttled by hemorrhoids, no looks, no charisma, no future. That’ll be our Jonty one day, sooner than he realises.


    • 118
      Baldness...a second chance for gingers says:

      Stop picking on me. The internet is the only place us Gingers can have friends too.


    • 203
      God is an Englishman. says:

      A ginger twat! (racist!)


  4. 4
    Glyn H says:

    Let’s hope Maude has better luck thsn his father in ‘getting our message accross’.
    The Thatcher government eventually earned it’s spurs by results. Let’s hope for the same here. Not looking good presently.


  5. 6
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh , I have no problem with unions or anyone using thier right to strike or protest, However those in the real world will see this as just another attempt for unions to stay on the gravy train and carry on abusing taxpayers money.

    For all those that strike , i hope you lose a full days pay and i hoppe you get grief from parents for putting your political views above the job that you are paid to do.

    I often wonder if they would have been so vocal had labour stayed in power, Based on past performence i suggest they would not have,

    Up the workers my arse!


    • 9
      Anonymous says:

      their, their, their……..FFS.


    • 54
      Old Tory says:

      Dont think that for one moment… the unions fucked up all attempts by James Callaghan “Winter of Discontent”… they only care about themselves. Just get that in your head and you start to understand the fuckers.


    • 55
      Backwoodsman says:

      Its not actually about council pencil counters taking a day off work Billy, its about the scam where labour get tens of millions of pounds of OUR money , donated to them by unions , who are stealing it from the taxpayer under misleading circumstances.


      • 85
        Gerry Mandering says:

        You can add the “third” sector to that lot as well. Just seen some of the work the local authority commissioned them to do. Absolute shite.

        Third sector is stuffed with people who were incapable of getting a job in a council FFS. Another group divorced from reality and relying on tax/ratepayer handouts.

        (Various MP troughers waiting for next gravy train)


        • 137
          misterned says:

          Third sector, Common Purpose, Third way….

          It is a way of bypassing British common law and enacting EU diktat. People who hold posts in the “third sector” do not have to take an oath to the Queen to perform their duties according to long held law.

          Whatever you think of the Queen, she is Sovereign and her role is to exercised that which is OURS on our behalf. This sovereignty of OURS is delegated to the Houses of Parliament to be exercised on OUR behalf. Whenever anyone takes a role in Government which requires an oath of office, then they are acting according to law in exercising OUR collective sovereignty through the Queen’s duty.

          Anyone who holds a “Government” post which no longer requires an oath, no longer represents US the Sovereign people of the UK. That would be the entire third sector. They work in this country on behalf of the EU.

          The third sector is stealing this land, from the sovereign people OF this land.


          • red duster says:

            It’s all part of the “breaking of nations,” to borrow a term from senior EU diplomat Robert Cooper. This useful idiot is quite open about his aims, unlike Milliband, Cameron or Clegg who are fully paid-up members of the same tendency but too clever / cowardly to talk about it openly.

            These folk subscribe to corporate, supra-national government; have a look at the EU-sponsored Tallberg Foundation. They do not believe in the nation state. When you vote LibLabCon, all you are doing is choosing between three flavours of the same Kool-Aid.


  6. 7
    Selohesra says:

    Can we have a chart showing the salaries from public purse saved each time these guys go on strike. It would cheer me up to see their contribution to reducing the deficit by forfeitng a days pay.


    • 10
      Anonymous says:

      The union bosses leading them all out on strike will still be raking it in tho’ eh?


      • 14
        Gweeedo says:

        union bosses “fat rats” – not only get paid for the strike day – they also get nice pay rises “above inflation” and also have very nice “pensions”…..

        fat rats and fat cats !!!!!


        • 146
          misterned says:

          And dirt cheap subsidised housing.

          I am reminded of the Carry On film Carry On at your convenience. If you haven’t seen this film, then it is a must see for how unions used to totally fuck over industry. Although it is a very cheesy comedy film from the 1970s. It is also an accidental documentary of union abuses.


          • Film Buff says:

            Bolting Brothers “I’m alright Jack” from early ’60’s describes that very well too.


          • Cynical Old Man says:

            There was a scene in Carry On At Your Convenience that was cut from the finished film. It showed a Union boss ( I think Terry Scott was cast) having to break into his overseas holiday to attend talks with the management of the fictional firm. He was made up to look VERY suntanned and was complaining about shortening his expensive holiday because of having to attend the talks on behalf of his members. The scene concluded with him rushing the talks, and returning to his holiday hotel, leaving both workers and management in the lurch. Any resemblance to a certain London tubeworkers leader is purely coincidental.

            Although I think this is one of the funniest of the later Carry On films, it wasn’t as successful as its predecessors – probably because it was too close to real industrial relations at that time.


      • 20
        Archer Karcher says:

        Union bosses are never personally out of pocket no matter how often or how long, their members are on strike.
        They are like WW1 generals urging troops into battle, from their luxury apartments and grace and favour mansions.


        • 184
          Wattock Hunt says:

          Or like Cameron when he said to the Army “You do the dying and I’ll do the talking”


      • 22
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK (not Maude) son of COD says:

        Back in the 70’s i worked for local authority
        we were always on strike
        the three union convenors were based at the “Social club ”
        when they turned up to address the meetings the were so fuckin pissed
        they had trouble standing up, and that was usually at 9.30 AM !


        • 80
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Ah reminiscing about your years working on the bins in Grimsby.


          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK (not Maude) son of COD says:

            Ah yes and finding piss soaked tramps sleeping in them !
            How long ago did your mum and dad move from Hull to Gilford TAT ?
            you fuckin smack head !


  7. 11
    Evil Landlord says:

    Whilst this isnt a public sector Union , it is still on topic , just. The General Secretary of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers Nottingham Section from Mansfield (formed after the failed NUM miner’s strike in 84/85) is very well paid. He received , in 2009 , a total package of £141,914. The Union has a total membership of 577 who pay annual Union subs of £127,480 – that doesnt sound very democratic to me !

    He has recently appeared at Nottingham Crown Court charged , together with Neil Greatrex the President , with syphoning off £140k from a retired miners rest home in Skegness. Obviously innocent until proven guilty !



    • 58
      Old Tory says:

      Sorry, when they get the chance they even take advantage of their own members…


    • 63
      Selohesra says:

      So the subs dont even cover 1 salary? – I wonder where the rest of their funding comes from


      • 151
        misterned says:

        Left wing mathematics at its best! The lefty parasite will almost always starve it’s host to death.


        • 207
          Evil Landlord says:

          In addition the President, Neil Greatrex received £71,250 for 6 months and his successor £63,139 for the rest of the year.

          The 2 Officials received a total of £276,303 for the year or £478.86 from each contributing member .


  8. 13
    Yasmin Allah-Baba-Brown says:

    “Born into a Catholic orphanage in Cardiff, Wales, he was adopted by a Polish British father and a Welsh mother”

    They must be hanging their heads in shame at how the greedy commie c#nt turned out


  9. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido sir, Have you got the numbers of union members(Public sector) v the number of taxpayers (not employed via public sector) ?

    The last numbers i think i read was 5 million union v 30 million taxpayers (Tho dont know if public sector included) , The unions want to return to the strengh they had in the 70s (even tho the dead went unbuired, rubbish piling up in the street, blackouts), Public service?


  10. 18
    Tom Baldwin says:

    And then there is this news…..

    Spending on social care for the elderly has been cut by more than £600 million this year, potentially putting lives at risk, a charity claimed today.

    Research by Age UK suggested older people’s care budgets had been slashed by a “devastating” 8.4% as the Government’s spending cuts bite.

    The figures, which were disputed by the Government, were based on data obtained from councils under the Freedom of Information Act.

    Some 139 out of 152 authorities responded to requests by Age UK, which calculated that net expenditure on older people’s social care was falling by £610 million in 2011/12, compared with 2010/11.


    • 19
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      What ever happened to the Family?


    • 27
      Engineer says:

      OK, Tom, how about this one?

      Labour have stated that they would have cut 7 pounds for every 8 pounds that the coalition government is presently cutting.

      Where would Labour have cut? What, precisely, would have gone. Where would the savings have been made?


      • 34
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        As we all know, you can say what you like when in opposition.

        They would do everything differently and much better, never making any sort of mistakes at all. And they also predict everything correctly, but they tell us about all their successful predictions after they’ve actually happened.


      • 61
        Edward speaks Balls says:

        Seemples, NHS.

        We’ve said it often enough. We would not have ring fenced Cameron’s favourite public sector organisation!


    • 28
      Labour Concern says:

      New research has shown that the inept leadership, infighting and control by the Union paymasters has meant that the Labour party is reduced to attacking any policy without having any of their own.


    • 31
      Archer Karcher says:

      ‘A charity claimed’

      That ‘charity’ would not happen to be a publicly funded, political lobby group would it? With a CEO earning over £120,000 as well? Nice crony work if you can get it.


    • 104
      Gerry Mandering says:

      Age UK – 37 employees earning over £60K. At least 10%

      Spend over £80mn generating £160mn – part of which would come in anyway.


    • 189
      Ministry if mis-information says:

      Age UK? MMMM I wonder if any Labour activists work at the top of that orgnaisation? More political misinformation, maquerading as fact from veiled Labour shill organisation perhaps?


  11. 21
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Residents and supporters of the Dale Farm travellers site in Essex will protest in Basildon on Thursday when a full council meeting will be asked to add £1.2m towards police costs to fund the clearance of the “unauthorised” site.

    Evicting more than 400 travellers from the former scrapyard near Basildon, Essex, is estimated to cost taxpayers around £18 million – combining both council and police costs. The Government has also agreed to contribute more than £1 million towards the costs of clearing the site.



    • 26
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Fuck off Sckpuppet, get ya own monkier.

      As to your point, are you saying that the police should not enforce the law? How bizzare.


    • 33
      hedgehog says:

      They should have just nuked the fucking place.


      • 77
        Bled White Taxpayer says:

        Too expensive I’m afraid. Take the cheaper option, like the Russians’ plan for West Berlin back in the Cold War days when NATO had about 15,000 troops in the city, plus the Berliners themselves.

        Take two trucks and 8 men. Drive around the site laying down barbed wire, and every 100 metres a small sign saying “Prison Camp”. Leave enough space for them to grow their own food. Erect a single standpipe tap just on the inside of the wire. Do not include a Benefits Office within the perimeter.

        Anyone not wishing to be labelled a “prisoner” or who wishes to leave the camp to be offered an escorted passage to either Dover or Liverpool, thus entitling the “Travellers” to return to either Romania or Ireland.


        • 115
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Prodarly the D*ive word got you modded.


          • Bled White Taxpayer says:

            What? This is a seriously paranoid modbot. Someone should give it a hug, so that it cheers up a bit.


          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            Nah, automod , Lots of words modded, Guidos blog , Guidos rules.


    • 36
      Archer Karcher says:

      I have an idea, let the pikey’s set up home next door to you and when you get fed up with all the thievery and vandalism, pay out of your own pocket to have them moved on and the site cleared, ok?


    • 215
      Indian Bridegroom says:

      It costs between £300 and £500 for a “hit” in South Africa. An airticket (economy) is around £500. One would need a team of about ten. So £5000, say £10,000 with some accomodation and false passports (£200 at Randburg Magistrate’s Court)for travel +£200,000 for the job. £250,000 mark up for the organiser–£460,000 total. Can’t these sodding politicians work on more economial solutions?


  12. 23
    Billy Bellend says:

    Fatty Pickles is someone else who has lived off the taxpayer since leaving school. He is one of those leaches who couldn’t be arsed to clean his own house instead prefering to take £40 a week from the taxpayer to pay somebody else to do it. It’s no wonder “All mouth and no trousers” Pickles couldn’t get the bins emptied weekly.


  13. 24
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Mark Serwotka, what a hypocrite. How much do you lose out financially when your members go on strike. Not a single penny, you scumbag shyster.
    Having listened to Serwotka the only conclusion that can be drawn is that he is certifiable.


  14. 29
    Leftwing Sam says:

    Workers rights are protected by volumes of legislation, there is no need for Union Membership in the modern workplace


    • 56
      smoggie says:

      It gets them ahead in the pecking order so that those most likely to resort to threats get a larger share of the pie.

      But you’re right about the legislation. The unions have achieved virtually everything they set out to do. Today, workers are extremely well protected by legislation and the law.

      Unions should now be superflous but they seem to have found another niche as unofficial left wing political parties, not averse to undermining democratically elected governments.


  15. 37
    Moussa Koussa says:

    6 million people in Unions. All volunteer to join. Teachers, nurses, cleaners, pilots, architects etc etc etc. And you hate them all. Keep up the bad work Guido…You’re floundering. Porky Pie Pickles is wasting his time on this one, considering he does have a 2nd home, paid by us, even though his own home is less than 30 miles from Westminster.


    • 39
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      6 million non paying tax union workers v 30 million taxpaying workers, Only one way to settle this…….


    • 60
      smoggie says:

      Yeah I fucking hate them all, especially left wing union architects in the local authority planning department.


      • 87
        Archer Karcher says:

        Planning department?

        Now they are real hardcore Stalinist’s, who would happily bankrupt someone for the sake of a minor regulatory infraction.


        • 199
          misterned says:

          On the very very very rare occasions that they bother turning up for work. Remember that bloke who was paid for a full time job in a planning office, but lived in Spain full time, coming to the UK one week every six months to do a weeks work, then get a new sick-note allowing him to live in Spain at the UK tax-payer’s expense.

          You would never get that sort of reward in the private sector.


    • 65
      Old Tory says:

      Times must have changed, when I was a worker if you were not in a union (SLADE) you could not get a job in that industry… I called union dues “protection money” That wanker James Pryor just didnt see it.


      • 191
        Jan says:

        I had a temp job for six weeks in the summer of 1966 in Fleet Street.Before I even walked into the National Trade Press office I had to schlepp over Blackfriars Bridge to join the NATSOPA union. I hate unions, always have done always will.But I needed the job.It was the cushiest job I ever had.


    • 75
      TOO FART says:



    • 82
      Anonymous says:

      I wonder how many pilots and architects out there actually bother joining a union?

      I suspect very few, as they’re safe in the knowlege that they won’t be ostracised by their colleagues in the manner that a railway worker or teacher is if they choose to not join the union.


    • 111
      Engineer says:

      It’s quite possible to be a Union member, to opt out of paying the Political Levy, and to disagree with that Union’s political stance. It’s also quite possible to ignore a strike call.

      When Union officials represent their members in the annual pay-round, or advise them of their legal rights during employment disputes (or more often, confusion over interpreting the complexities of employment law) they do a good job. When they act as rabble-rousers, they don’t.

      The Unions should take careful note of public opinion, and use what they learn to choose their battles carefully. When the private-sector majority has had their pension rights and benefits heavily eroded over the last decade or so, they are unlikely to be particularly sympathetic to those whinging about measures to make taxpayer-funded public sector pensions affordable in the long term.


    • 194
      Solly says:

      Moussa is racist.


    • 205
      Cynical Old Man says:

      Mousa Koussa, you effing leftie troll. How many of those 6 million actually VOTED to strike? The unions are manipulating strike ballots – calling strikes on a minority of the votes just as they did with the “show of hands” strike votes that crippled British Industry (mostly nationalised) in the sixties and seventies. Calling strikes on a thirty per-cent turnout is hardly a massive call for action. In fact it looks as though a majority of workers can’t be bothered either way about the pensions that were once available to the private sector. You know the ones Brown and Balls destroyed. Didn’t hear the “brothers” complain then, did we?


  16. 53
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Nice on Guido!

    You’ve flushed out these shirkers, lining their pockets at our expense!

    A sure fire vote winner for Maude and Pickles!


  17. 64
    Moussa Koussa says:

    7 down

    The 7 stories The apologist fails to mention

    1. Another High street retailer in administration
    2. Glasto Bogs
    3. Sunday Times poll showing women deserting Hyena Boy in their droves
    4. Foxy slash and burn at MoD another 2000 heading for the dole
    5. UK cash to Greece via UK’s IMF contributions…Oh dear
    6. I’m still seeking immunity in Qatar….shhhhhhhhh
    7. Gove The Gimp out of his box – Without doubt the most embarrassing Minister in the Cockalition.


    • 68
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      start your own blog then , I am sure it will be a rip-roaring sucsess!


      • 81
        smoggie says:

        Especially with stultifyingly boring fiction like the LabourList he’s just come up with.

        What is it with these people? Always telling others what to do or say.


    • 72
      Joss Taskin says:

      Just got up, TAT ??


    • 86
      Shock Horror! says:

      Read all about it!

      High-street chain goes broke after customers stop buying from it!

      Cash-strapped government fails to bail-out store that sold stuff people didn’t want to buy!

      Unions fail to call strikes in protest. Opposition Labour Party spokesman says nothing.

      Desperate Left-wing cretin tries to flog dead horse.


    • 88
      TOO FAR says:

      Gove, the most embarrassing minister???? I think OUR VINCE qualifies for that one


    • 100
      Labour Concern says:

      Research has shown that the Labour Party has no policies on anything. An insider was quoted as saying,” Policies? Probably tax more and spend more to keep the Unions and the Public sector off our backs”


      • 147
        retardEd Miliband says:

        And extra immigration and multicultural diverthity.

        If you dithagree, you are a rathitht.


      • 204
        misterned says:

        But if anyone disagrees, we’ll just ask them, “Well what would you like us to do?” and whatever they tell us, we’ll say that we’ll do that.

        It’s how Tony Blair won three elections on the trot.


    • 192
      Solly says:

      You racist twat.


  18. 79
    Kevin T says:

    I like Maude. He looks exactly like the Emperor in Star Wars. He should make lighning come out of his fingers and torture Serwotka with it.


  19. 89
    the last quango in paris says:

    at my niece’s school they are walking out until lunchtime and that coupled with elf and safety means the school is shut! pathetic


    • 93
      Mr Lazy says:

      Show up and walk out? Why don’t they have a long lie in a just show up after lunch?


    • 130
      smoggie says:

      Why not walk out until after lunch time? Is that because they will be expecting to get paid for their lunch hour and of course helping themselves to their free lunch.


  20. 95
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK (not Maude) son of COD says:

    We’ll meet again don’t know where don’t know Wen !
    but i’m sure i’ll meet with Wen some sunny day !


  21. 97
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Toxicology tests…oh dear


  22. 98
    Digby says:

    If employers harrassed employees in the same way as Union representatives harrass employers the employers would be in court

    If you reserve the right to strike and suspend your labour, you should have to accept that the employer should have the right not pay you if he is unhappy with your output


    • 103
      Eamonn U Ensis says:

      It’s a long standing normal practice for private employers to allow union meetings in their premises on an “approved basis”only and that this can be withdrawn at any time by the company if it so chooses…e.g a private company would not allow union officials access to its premises to whip up support for a strike etc and any union meetings would have to be held off the premises…it’s about time the public sector were governed by the same rules and started to live in the real world…for the past 3 years they have been cushioned from the effects of the recession whilst the private sector employees have taken the brunt..time for some reality from the public sector…


  23. 102
    simon r says:

    Well that is perfect timing as I just got this reply from my MP about this very issue.

    The sooner the Lib Dems vanish into the wilderness the better…

    Thank you for contacting me about EDM 1799.

    I am aware of concerns expressed by the public, and in the media and parliament, about trade union officials paid for by the taxpayer. I certainly understand this concern, particularly in the context of the need to reduce public spending and tackle the deficit left by the last Government.

    The Government is dramatically increasing transparency across the public sector, including in both central and local government. This will help ensure that payments made to trade unions and the titles of staff posts are open to public scrutiny.

    At a time when all public bodies need to work hard to deliver more for less, they will rightly wish to review the merits of funding full-time trade union officials and providing office facilities to trade unions.

    As a Government Minister I am unable to sign EDMs as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility, but I want to assure you that I do appreciate how strongly you feel about this issue.

    Yours sincerely

    James Brokenshire M.P.


    • 106
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      That is true tho, Goverment ministers are not allowed to sign EDM .


    • 195
      Mark Skid says:

      Well done you. The more people who write on this to their MPs the better. Even if your MP is Labour party traitor scum, let them know that taxpayers are sick of paying for the union parasites.


  24. 105
    Moussa Koussa says:

    One less Tory


    • 133
      Another Labour-voting parasite says:

      Damn those Tory taxpayers! Damn them, with their well-paid jobs and nice houses and nice cars and nice families! Damn them! Damn them all to Hell!


  25. 107
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK (not Maude) son of COD says:

    Adam Boulton just threw the shit into Camerons fan


  26. 108
    Eileen Critchley says:

    Bring on the strikes and watch support for the Left melt away.

    Cheers lads!


    • 134
      Eamonn U Ensis says:

      Nothing to get “Joe Public” stirred up by what the public perceive as “well-paid” public sector employees who enjoy much better perks and pensions than they do striking to protect their lifestyle(and forget all the crap about low-paid public sector workers such as cleaners etc…my heat bleeds..try working in the private sector at £5.93 per hour and no job security or pension and then start moaning.).the public sector needs to be taken on and beaten if the country is to recover from recession…the country can no longer afford a bloated public sector nor their “gold plated pensions”…there is no sympathy for these people in the majority of the country….


  27. 109
    Eeu to me says:

    I see Aljabeeb are hitting the military today with too many Admirals and Generals crap, I wonder if they will have ago at the uncivil servant overheads the MOD have.


  28. 110
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Mr Hyena “The Cursed One” Boy Strikes again

    He was my Rock…..Likely to be a “rock” that killed him…..Oh dear.

    He’s rolled away….”Rolling Up, more likely “


  29. 114
    John Ward says:

    Here’s something else the public doesn’t like: bailouts by taxpayers while banks go scot-free.
    But further to Charle’s Moore’s amazing piece in the Sunday Torygraph, did you know we’ve been screwed into believing we must bail out Greece – as a means of GETTING THE EUROBANKS OFF THE HOOK?
    German economist blows whistle in Der Spiegel on Merkel-Sarko plot to use EU law to keep banks out of Greek haircut…



    • 144
      Engineer says:

      Read Jeff Randall’s article in the Telegraph (link in ‘seen elsewhere’).


      • 154
        Mark Pack's probably fuming says:

        That was indeed a great article – particularly the ending.


      • 157
        Engineer says:

        Oops – the link isn’t in ‘seen elsewhere’, though it really should be. Randall’s analysis is, as usual, spot on.


  30. 119
    Penfold says:

    Nice to see a campaign get traction.

    Nice to see the government is listening.

    Now, let’s bring back the death penalty for murderers and harsher jail conditions for recidivists.
    And, let’s have that referendum on the membership of the EU before we start shelling out serous money to the bankrupt Greeks.

    Go for it Guido….


  31. 121

    Focus group personality testing results have arrived Mr Miliband.
    QuangoPR -Testing the Ground.

    On the plus side the public see you as an Avenger.
    On the minus.. as a Hillman Avenger.

    On the plus you are seen as energetic and forceful
    On the minus – so is the Duracell bunny.

    On the plus side you are seen as considered, thoughtful, cautious and worldly
    On the minus – in the test choice that made you a Werther’s Original.

    On the plus – you were seen as doing a much better job than Gordon Brown.
    On the minus – so was everyone else.

    On the plus you were seen as likeable, perhaps a bit robotic, but a good personality with a good command of facts.
    On the minus – so is K-9.

    And on the plus – You are seen as the best choice to lead Labour forwards.
    On the minus – people didn’t really care where you lead them to too…just as long as its somewhere really far away.


  32. 135
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Priti Patel on Sky sports news


  33. 136
    That's News says:

    Mind you, last time I heard of Mr Sawotka being allowed to address a meeting of civil serants and to tell them what he wanted them to do, several promptly resigned their PCS membeship…


  34. 139
    Anonymous says:

    So when are you going to write about Annabelle Fuller? The woman who falsely accused Andrew Bridgen? I did a google of her, with her history she sounds like a complete nutter.


  35. 153

    “River Plate sunk into Argentina’s football abyss by Belgrano.”


  36. 161
    Mark Suckwotka says:

    I’m so outraged, I’m going to have to calm down by having a nice lunch at an expensive restaurant and order a bottle of Bollinger for me and my pals. This government is a disgrace!


  37. 163
    Gordon Brown says:

    This week, I shall be taking Ms Macauley’s boys to the pictures to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I won’t be watching it though. Once they’re in their seats, I’ll nip over to Hampstead Heath for the duration of the film.


  38. 164
    leejun says:

    Mark Serwotka? Is he one of the Norfolk Serwotkas or the Gloucestershire Serwotkas?


  39. 165
    Back to Biscuits says:

    Pickles looks like a fat John Major in that photo.


  40. 167
    Mark Kack says:

    Leave my huhne alone, you bastards!


  41. 168
    annette curton says:

    If it actually does happen ‘Nurse’ Pilgrim will be out of a job, will she undergo re-training with a bed pan?.


    • 181
      simon says:

      nah, she will be a shoo in for Labour candidate for Battersea at the next General Election.


  42. 169
    BOB CROW says:







  43. 176
    simon says:

    Destroy the strikers Cameron! I was at school in sheepshaggers land during 85 when there was a ‘teachers’ strike on. Bloody fantastic i only went from 9-12 for a period of months- bliss. Let’s face it, with educashun standards being lowered all the time i doubt few of mummy’s little angels would miss that much!


  44. 206
    God is an Englishman. says:

    Councils (district & county) should provide:-
    Clean streets.
    Bin emptying.
    Fire Service.
    Environmental Health.
    Servicing of existing council housing stock.
    Playing fields.
    Road maintenance.

    Unless I’ve missed something VITAL, (I’m sure you’ll all tell me!) that should be it.
    All the other P.C. crap and extraneous rubbish is (a) not necessary, (b) outside their remit of providing local services to their masters i.e. US!


  45. 216
    That's News says:

    It seems that 68% of the public (and this would include public sector workers) are against the proposed strikes. But how many public sector workers will be too scared not to cross picket lines?



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