The comparison between the wages of public and private sector workers varies with time. In the 1980's the private sector offered far. far better wages for the same jobs as the public sector. I don't recall getting a raise to keep us level nor do I recall businesses giving their folks a paycut either. The market was left to level it off. Now that businesses have problems that governments don't we hear all the hue and cry that our wages and benefits have to be cut? Sorry. Just because my friends at the bottom of the hill lost their home in a flood doesn't mean I have to donate mine at the top of the hill. Some of us chose wisely and we pay taxes too.
I notice that many of the same folks maligning public sector workers now are the same folks who screamed about the President's comments on "redistribution of wealth". Ironic much?