Public sector myths
I aM a public worker, I work many unpaid overtime hours as do my colleagues, it isn’t just the private sector that does this. I have even worked days on my annual leave if it has proved necessary. There have been many jobs already lost across the public sector as well, 10 per cent in my organisation last year. We have been open to change on a regular basis and every time the media moan about something or another, because one mistake was made against the millions of times it didn’t occur – the system is changed to create yet more tick boxes to satisfy those who look for the slightest excuse to castigate the services provided. The result being that there are so many checks and balances in the system that it becomes inefficient and slow. This is not the fault of the public sector but our political masters, whichever side are in power, who are concerned about how they are portrayed and their popularity.
Many processes I have to undertake would never occur in the private sector and I don’t want to have to follow them either, but not doing so affects your promotion prospects. Much of the back office functions have been outsourced to the private sector, which have proved more expensive, and less flexible and certainly not efficient. Having said all this I am content to take a pay freeze, I would prefer that than losing my job.
We are like any other worker and it is time to dispel the myths, and stop the divide and rule. I am sure I can give as many examples of sloppy workmanship, laziness etc etc in the private sector as well, but this slanging match between private and public has to stop.