Letters - December 9

Hundreds of pulic sector workers gathered in Blackpool town centre for a rally and march as part of the day of action on proposed pension changes.'Hands off our pensions.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-11-2011

Hundreds of pulic sector workers gathered in Blackpool town centre for a rally and march as part of the day of action on proposed pension changes.'Hands off our pensions. PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-11-2011

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HAVING read Ken Cridland’s message of thanks (Gazette, December 8) to the strikers for showing such support for the national strike held last month, I wanted to get a few things off my chest.

Fair play to the strikers for their belief that they are being treated wrongly by the government – they are

Fair play to them for presenting a united front – it’s their right.

But do they not know that striking is the last resort, and a sign of poor leadership from the unions?

It shows they can no longer negotiate. It’s akin to a child throwing toys out of a pram and having a tantrum. Reason is lost – and with it, any bargaining tools they once had.

I have a job with a changed pension scheme. The pay’s not as good as it should have been. And the hours have shot up.

The reason I carry on is I know my firm would go bust without us making sacrifices.

And that would be disastrous.

What we’ve done is sign an agreement with our employers that, in better times, we will be rewarded for helping the firm get through the hard times.

It’s mutually beneficial. It keeps us working here in the knowledge we’ll be looked after, and my employer is grateful.

Like the teachers and the DWP staff, the problems here have not been caused by us, but by the global banking system. And just one more point – I earn a lot less than a teacher, have four weeks’ holiday a year, and work long, stressful hours.

Colin Douthwaite

Poulton

PROMENADE protestors – stop moaning!

Having been down to Blackpool’s famous Prom for the first time in a year, I was astonished.

It looks wonderful. The beautiful stone, the different textures, the features all over it. Compare it to what we had before – an absolute dive in all honesty. I’m proud to live here. The town is on its uppers and no mistake.

Those who whinge about the shared space should think – how many fatal accidents have their been? How many accidents have there been?

A resounding none is the answer. To the future!

Clare Baines

Bispham Road

Bispham

I NO longer feel safe in Blackpool at night.

I wonder if this is due to no longer being in my 20s, and a bit out of touch with younger people, or whether it really is as threatening out there as I think it is.

Rather than have a chat with the person walking next to them, they need to shout, so the entire street can hear their intellectually challenged profanities.

Is it me getting older, or have other readers noticed it?

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