Empty bag can't stand up
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Whereas I understand the government's plight of having to keep down the public-sector wage bill, state workers ought to be respected.
It is unfair to call the protesting teachers greedy and ungrateful for asking for better compensation when they have been settling for far less than they're worth. Many have been struggling to make ends meet. Their salaries are meagre, mediocre even.
For those critics who argue that their performance is not deserving of increased wages, let them consider the lack of infrastructural and resource support. Let them consider the sacrifices that these public-sector workers make, much resources purchased from personal funds.
Yes, there are some bad apples, as is the case everywhere. They are everyday miracle workers.
Public-sector workers are expected to carry the burden of the country, to solve its problems, to educate the children, to protect the citizens and provide healthcare. Alas, empty bags can't stand up, and I, therefore, stand with the teachers, nurses, police, and doctors. I stand with the deserving public sector.