Around one million government workers went on strike yesterday in protest over proposed changes to their retirement age.
One can perhaps understand the action, but it must be put into context.
The whole mess and lack of confidence pervading the word 'pensions' undoubtedly has to be sorted out. But strikes are not the way to go about it.
Increasingly the private sector is beginning to wake up to the impact of paying for one-sided pension provision.
Why is it public sector workers can retire earlier?
Why is it the public sector still has inflation-proof pensions?
Why is it Government can help itself to pension funds?
Why is it business, small businesses in particular, will be hardest hit by the proposal for a compulsory three per cent levy if the Government adopts a national pension scheme?
It is abundantly clear the answer to all the above is they shouldn't.
People are far more able to recognise that the current s tate of affairs is unsustainable. They recognise until the Government confronts the issue and makes the changes necessary they will not start saving.
Ring-fencing money put into pensions has to be considered the only way forward.
Small businesses in particular, would see any extra levy as another stealth tax. Perhaps if more recognition was given to such an important sector of our economy - perhaps by consulting and offering a commensurate decrease in National Insurance contributions - we may have an opportunity to construct something of benefit.
Equally, in the same way that pensions contributions are treated, tax relief should be introduced on money earned from the sale of a business, as many small owners have only that to provide for them in their retirement.
This is a particular problem and needs to be recognised as such.
Government must now be prepared to grasp this nettle. They must be prepared to tackle the public sector unions head on and they must equalise the retirement age. Then and only then, can we begin to sort out the mess that is now our 'pension pot'.
Maybe with the publication of the promised White Paper in a few weeks time the Government will at last begin to tackle this issue.
But don't hold your breath, the leaks and statements already suggest the easiest option seems to be yet another tax on business.
This will simply add to costs, drive businesses to the wall and widen the gap at a time when globalisation is an issue for us all.