Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Creative Striking

 I'm  on strike today over pension reform - the first time ever and not a decision I made lightly but having said 'yes' in the Prospect ballot I felt I should.  Although not strictly 'Public Sector' as we're  one of those 'Arms Length Bodies' , we are part of the Civil  Service Pension scheme. As I  was in my 30's when I joined the scheme ( up until that point I had been contributing to a private pension)  I am buying 'additional years' to make sure I am paying enough in to the tune of 14% of my salary. With  a 2 year pay freeze ( and then a 1% cap!) it's going to be difficult  to pay an additional 3% on top.  Our pension  benefits are part of the package to make up for the lower pay that scientists and other specialists  receive in comparison to the private sector - we're deeply committed to our work (conservation is long-term)   but there are limits to how much they take that for granted
                                     
Anyway I've been making the most of my days unpaid leave, testing paints on  my red and cream ebay purchase , taking photos of the red stick against it.


 After cleaning the kitchen,then baking rolls and ginger biscuits, I've been sorting through my fabrics , making a gradient of blue/green tones with a larger 'Anavriti' door piece in mind.
So it was quite opportune to read  '29 Ways to stay creative' posted on Linda's blog. Not doing too badly on several fronts (apart from 4- get away from the computer!)  No. 25 resonated' 'Stop trying to be someone else's perfect'

4 comments:

Linda said...

Let's hear it for No. 25!

sandra wyman said...

Looks like a good use of your time. BTW private pension scheme payouts are on average higher according to the Guardian website - and then there's the issue of successive governments spending what we all paid in. I could go on but I'll spare you. Off to read Linda's blog...

Rayna said...

You go, Mags! BTW - if you have a good recipe for ginger biscuits, I would LOVE it.

Alex said...

I had a useful day on strike too. I also baked biscuits, cleaned, did washing and caught up with a friend. As for the whole pensions thing... I won't start either or I might burst a blood vessel. Grrrr.