Osborne's budget has a nice surprise for public sector workers: four more years of wage restraint, to be precise, 1% per annum until 2019. By that point we will have seen our wages grow below inflation for a full decade. At the moment, we have seen a real terms fall in our living near standards of 14% since 2009, which means that all we gained under McCrone is pretty much gone. And for what? To pay the price of a crisis created by bankers who have walked away with their trousers full when they should be in jail. Meanwhile, just to rub our noses in it, MPs have been awarded an increase of of seven thousand pounds. So what now? Our union leaders have been shouting loudly about an "end to austerity" and how, to inject demand into a stagnant economy, Britian "needs a wage rise". Who could disagree? But how to translate words into action, that is the hard bit. They should set about creating a united front of all public sector workers and prepare the way for a sustained period of struggle. The government is trying to solve the crisis at our expense. It is time to call a halt.