Well played by the government.
They've got the electorate arguing amongst themselves about who is worse off, and encouraging a 'race to the bottom' in which no on wins - except, of course, the very rich.
What we should all be doing, whether we are in the private or public sector, is looking for the best deal for everyone.
Talk of things like public sector 'gold plated pensions', and the notion that teachers knock-off after 35 hours, are right-wing media constructs. They have about as much creedance as the idea that all bankers or all politicians are 'evil.' The Coalition needs no spin doctors - they've got the press doing all the hard work for them.
Like I say, we should be looking for fair terms and conditions for all. I work in the public sector and accept I might have to work a bit longer than my parents, and I might have to contribute more. But in return could I - and all other UK citizens - have an adequate pension when I retire please? Or am I being unreasonable?
And could we all accept that to have a healthy and productive society we need to pay a decent wage to teachers, nurses, the police, the fire brigade etc?