Examination of Witnesses (Question 120)|
11 DECEMBER 2006
Q120 Jim Cousins: Mr Weale, what
do you think about that? Do you think you could achieve a lot
of savings if you targeted bits of the public sector where the
unions are weak which is what Professor Talbot suggests?
Dr Weale: I think even in areas
where unions are weak it is difficult to deliver pay cuts. The
way it would be likely to deliver savings would be in the long
run. Salaries for nurses will rise faster in London than they
will do in areas where the labour market is very different but
that is going to be a long-run process, it is not going to deliver
much in two or three years.
Chairman: Okay. It has been very interesting.
We have a few questions for the Chancellor on Wednesday and his
officials. Thank you very much for your time. It has been very