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    I'm Voice, hasn't stopped Unison trying to poach me though. "We hope you are enjoying your new job" yeah 9 months too late...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich_tech View Post
    Its Unison predominantly here, but to me it seems that they too are in bed with the management of our local authority, especially as I am seeing a looooooot of unhappy people now about single status which is set to happen.
    I'm with GMB and in the same boat, haven't needed to use them as yet. We'll see how they perform with this Single Status!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    I'm Voice, hasn't stopped Unison trying to poach me though. "We hope you are enjoying your new job" yeah 9 months too late...
    That's harrassment you should complain to your union.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    The only time I was in a union before working in education was when I was the Man from the Pru. We used to walk around with a lot of money and the only way of insuring it was by being in the union.

    It really is important in a school to have the resources a union can provide if something goes wrong. Should a child make an accusation for example, you would be up **** creek without a union's support.
    Thats happened to someone I know(about 5 years ago), They didnt make it public at the time due to various reasons but we were talking about various things last night and joining a union was one of them. Luckily they were cleared of all wrong doing as the child had made it up.

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    I've always debated joining a Union. I was a member of a teaching Union when I did my PGCE but then I moved into the Private sector and they don't really go in for Unions much so it's very hard to get access to a Union representative. That being said, Unions are excellent for supporting you through disciplinary action and other contract-related issues so I do think union membership is valuable. If you are in the public sector Union membership is vital and if you work in schools in any capacity Union membership ought to be mandatory for reasons highlighted by @laserblazer and @hardtailstar

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    Another vote for Voice here - can simply email them a question and get a detailed response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    Thats happened to someone I know(about 5 years ago), They didnt make it public at the time due to various reasons but we were talking about various things last night and joining a union was one of them. Luckily they were cleared of all wrong doing as the child had made it up.
    [Off-topic]Those sort of allegations stick, though. [If it's what I think it is.] Even when it comes out that it's all made up, people still have it in the back of their mind.[/Off-topic]

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    Another Voice member here: a lot of our support staff are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    [Off-topic]Those sort of allegations stick, though. [If it's what I think it is.] Even when it comes out that it's all made up, people still have it in the back of their mind.[/Off-topic]
    It wasnt that serious, it was alleged she hit the child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailstar View Post
    It wasnt that serious, it was alleged she hit the child.
    We've had that, even though it was confirmed false [because they wanted to be in a different class...], people are sticking to "no smoke without fire"...

    And there was no comeback on the pupil.

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    I appreciate the advice everyone, I will look into the ones suggested.

    Should probably have joined a long time ago, surprised it's not a compulsory really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_boy1984 View Post
    I appreciate the advice everyone, I will look into the ones suggested.

    Should probably have joined a long time ago, surprised it's not a compulsory really.
    https://www.gov.uk/join-trade-union/...loyment-rights

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    I abandoned UNISON because I was sick of the hypocritical nature of their boss. Every glossy magazine was nothing more than photos of strikers and comparisons between a public sector worker's pension to that of David Cameron or a big private sector corporate boss, when all the time he was securing a big pay rise for himself that he diverted to his pension.

    He was recently criticising the MPs for wanting a pay rise, when he himself has a nice big salary many times that of the people he represents.

    Dave Prentis is a Tax Hypocrite - Guy Fawkes' blog

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    ATL here. Haven't had much to do with them, thankfully, but they have been helpful on the few occasions I've spoken to them, and were brilliant when Mrs Enjay (a teacher) needed help.

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    I've just started clicking through on Voice's website to see what it costs, and saw it say that I could get a tax rebate on my premium. Anyone know anything about this?

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