I am not unhappy with my life as it is rich in many others ways, a sons wedding quite soon, a first holiday in almost twelve years on the near horizon, good friends, lovely job and so on – my life is rich.
Those that exist outside the five million in the public sector have seen the forecast value of their pension reduce – if they have one – many don't, know they have to work longer before retirement as, as we live longer the available pension pot is much smaller, accept that they probably wont have a pay rise for some time to come, tighten their belts and so on. Some have found they have been made redundant as business fails across the board.
So it sort of peeves me that those in the public sector see themselves as a special case, excluded from the flack of recession and excluded from the reality that recession or not, the retirement age must increase as funding in its present form is unsustainable. I can understand why they might be peeved in that they are now expected to contribute more into their pension that will be worth less after having to work longer for it. It is probable that if I worked in the public sector I too would be experiencing their angst.
PSS Just read, so just added - Dr Zorro