They say if we want the best people, then we've got to pay for them accordingly.
Hence M.P's get a 10% pay rise and Bankers and Company bosses get massive increases in pay and bonuses, regardless of how well they've actually done.
Yet when it comes to the shop floor and the masses, they say we've got to keep our costs down and stay within the budget.
Hence Public sector workers like Police, Fire Brigade and NHS staff get a pay freeze for years, followed by a paltry, below inflation 1% increase for years, which of course is in fact actually a real terms pay cut.
And private sector workers get no pay rise.
Furthermore, any tiny increment ever offered to anyone, has to be linked to increased 'productivity', or cost savings.
It's similar to how the Government privatizes the profit, yet nationalizes any debt.