I’ve tried to do a rough timeline of events surrounding the workforce unrest at the moment. Here goes (please correct me …. and here is the Bernews live blog to help ….
1. A working group composed of civil servants and unions meet to discuss savings and misses deadlines. Who is to blame we don’t know but it seems the unions did offer some solutions – more, it appears, than Govt wanted?
2. On Friday, the BTUC gets a letter from the Finance Minister asking for a decision by noon the following Monday on whether the unions agree to continuing furloughs.
3. The BTUC calls a meeting of call Government paid employees on Monday and about 6,000 turn out and march on Cabinet.
4. The Premier and unions meet and another meeting of the working group is promised for Monday afternoon.
5. No-one from Govt or the civil service turns up for the meeting, pissing off the unions. It’s called raspact bie!
6. Suddenly Cabinet says they’ve found some more savings (a near miracle …. no … in the circumstances and weeks before the budget a miracle, unless they’ve just hijacked the budget?)
7. The Premier puts himself right on the backfoot by making a public apology for the working group no show…. personally I cannot fathom why such a step was taken: why not ring up and say ‘sorry guys, running late, working on other cuts which might help….?
8. Unions calls another meeting and in so doing show complete disregard for minor things like the education of our children (yesterday one Principal was left alone with the school pupils and was so overwhelmed she had to call in parents: nice work, BUT….)
You couldn’t make it all up, could you? I for one am very confused.