Union myths unravelling

December 01, 2011 9:32 AM

Following up on our release yesterday confronting union myths, and TPA Research Director John O'Connell's blog for this site, I wrote for the Spectator Coffee House about the TUC using a poll which showed the public had a good idea of the value of normal public sector pensions to try and sell their misleading average pension statistic.

Since then the Institute of Fiscal Studies have estimated that public sector workers are 7.5 per cent better paid, even after "allowing for the higher age and qualifications of public sector workers".  Their work confirms the figure from the Office for National Statistics which we have been quoting.  The unions just can't defend the strike except with misleading claims that fall apart when challenged, like they did when I debated the issue with the ATL President on Sky News:

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 Following up on our release yesterday confronting union myths, and TPA Research Director John O'Connell's blog for this site, I wrote for the Spectator Coffee House about the TUC using a poll which showed the public had a good idea of the value of normal public sector pensions to try and sell their misleading average pension statistic.

Since then the Institute of Fiscal Studies have estimated that public sector workers are 7.5 per cent better paid, even after "allowing for the higher age and qualifications of public sector workers".  Their work confirms the figure from the Office for National Statistics which we have been quoting.  The unions just can't defend the strike except with misleading claims that fall apart when challenged, like they did when I debated the issue with the ATL President on Sky News:

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