The founder of our greatest public service the NHS Aneurin Bevan wrote a book entitled "In Place of Fear". In 2011 we need to place employee "motivation" in place of "fear."
The opening skirmish has been fought in the government versus the Public Sector battle. Thousands teachers out on strike and a day of protest. Respect to the teachers for organising a day of action on Wimbledon semi final day, so that they could watch TV, finish their end of term reports, and show solidarity with their more aggressive industrial comrades.
The Government is trying to save money in the public sector; that's fine - indeed, that's a big part of what I voted for. However, I'm not in favor of unfair, symbolic, ideological cuts. Why are cuts to teacher's pensions unfair, ideological & symbolic? Simple: The Teachers Pension Scheme is not making a loss.
Ed Miliband made a big mistake last week when he condemned the teachers going on strike. I know he thought he was being very clever. The Tories and right wing media would be demanding: do you support these strikes or are you willing to distance yourself and the Labour party from them? Will you condemn them as all right thinking people will? So Ed caught them out by attacking the strikes before anyone had asked him to