Saturday, June 07, 2008

Traffic wardens earn more than soldiers

General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, has called for a pay rise for soldiers after discovering traffic wardens get paid more than those on the frontline.

He said the question of pay was the most important issue facing the Armed Forces today.

More than 20,000 personnel left the Forces last year, many citing the poor salary as their reason. The lowest paid soldiers are on just £12,572 a year while traffic wardens receive a basic salary of £17,000. Servicemen and women were given a pay rise of just 2.6 this year.

How could our armed forces be paid so little for doing so much when traffic wardens get paid so much? The government has the money they just choose to spend it on frivolous projects like spending hundreds of millions of pounds on helicopters that can’t fly when it rains. How stupid are our leaders?

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