Public Sector Too Expensive
The public sector is simply too expensive. It forever expands and there is simply not enough money to pay for it. There needs to be some serious cuts but as per usual successive governments shy away from reducing spending because they fear the political backlash from cutting the biggest workforce in the country. Private business rarely gets into this state because when we become inefficient, someone will step in with a cheaper alternative. This does not tend to happen in the public sector. This also keeps the workforce trim, by removal of ineffectual employees. This tends not to happen to the same degree in the public sector.
Many of the jobs will be taken up by the private sector, because they will be able to do it for less money. Many of the people in the public sector will be able to move to the private sector to do the same job. Eventually, when they become more expensive, the competition will move in and keep the costs down.
People in the private sector are just as good as the people in the private sector, but because of the lack of free market competition - they can rarely be as cost effective.
There is a cost to this for the employee - you will not have as secure a job in the private sector (yes I know this is not the case at the moment), your sick and pension provisions will not be as good. They will have far less employment protection if you have prolonged absence.
Oddly enough - many of these downsides are also good points. The public sector is often weighed down by having wasters on its payroll. Because the absence levels are so high, there is added stress on the remaining employees doing the work. And quite often this leads to really poor working environment. In the private sector - there is pressure on you to make it to work - and compete / help each other.
I can't wait to see the flames that this post creates. And many public bodies are excellent. But I think a lot of the stuff I've said will be recognised by public and private sector people.