Tangled Metal wrote:First off I not attributing nasty tory comment as something directed at me. It was a tongue in cheek poking of fun at myself whilst mirroring the nasty tory comment that's been often bandied about to tories in Westminster. I didn't accuse anyone of using it directed at me. It was just that anyone with strong feelings that ppl including nhs workers should be self reliant with regards to a wide variety of topics rather than relying on handouts, subsidies and perks on top of pay is often labelled nasty and tory.
As for parking, have you thought that a lot of ppl working on private sector don't get subsidized or free parking. It's a perk because employers are well within their rights to charge the going rate for parking.
I find it amusing that big public sector employers like hospitals feel the need to cave in under pressure when they try to charge even a small amount for parking. And unions and employees seem so bothered by loss of free parking. There's so much going wrong in the nhs and they would rather complain about parking fees.
As for betting about what I do now, well let's just say it wasn't so long ago I did 17 hours straight then rode home early morning after 1am. Manual work too. Yes I'm an office worker but in manufacturing so often I just get stuck in with shopfloor for rush orders. I value highly the principle of being in a team and that's the way with our whole management too (well almost all).
As for 60 year olds working long shifts. We've got about 8% 60 or older. Not one can't manage 12 hours plus manual work. In some cases they'll walk home (a mile + in one case) too. Exceptional ppl I reckon. Although in the history of the company not. Oldest was late 80s, reduced hours fortunately.
Whatever the case, how many 60 year old nurses are there anyway? Also, are you saying a public sector employer is going to leave an older employee to do more than they can manage? I doubt there's really a big issue over age or getting to work. It's just convenience of using cars. If parking fees were forced through they'd pay or take other transport options. It's at least a case of ppl using cars hating to pay for parking. I think every b driver has had that feeling before.
You brought up politricks,with a snide boomerang comment
I mentioned 50 to 60 year old nurses with regards to transport and being charged unnecessarily for parking in the sense that life's hard enough and nursing can be a stressful job,to say there's no big issue with manual work older workers is bonkers,I've had two workmates in there late 50's die in my arms whilst at work.
Your last point about forcing through parking fees,it seems to me that many things being forced through onto NHS staff is having a devastating effect on nurses and other NHS staff not least no pay rises for the past five years as part of the government's austerity plan,yet the same government can give big tax cuts to the highest earnerns.
I'm beginning to repeat myself to a deaf ear so I'll leave it at that.