General Chat Thread, IT Union in General; Is there an IT union? Teachers seem to be well catered for, they have at least 2 unions, but is ...
7th February 2013, 11:49 PM #1
Is there an IT union? Teachers seem to be well catered for, they have at least 2 unions, but is there a specific IT union? Not just a generic union that deals with every industry.
Been feeling a bit overworked and underpaid, and the majority of none techy people I feel just don't understand the efforts involved in keeping skills up-to-date and current.
Guess I'm just feeling a little under appreciated atm.
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7th February 2013, 11:55 PM #2
Im not sure, but i am part of voice as well as many of the support staff at my place.
8th February 2013, 12:21 AM #3
Another one for Voice here, they do seem to understand the pressures of support staff in schools better than other Unions. Connect and Prospect have specialism in IT, but I don't know if they cover school IT as they don't have a specialism in schools.
8th February 2013, 04:31 AM #4
Voice has served me well - helped me through a nasty redundancy - Voice The Union
8th February 2013, 07:25 AM #5
Always had good support from ATL. They do support staff as well as teachers.
8th February 2013, 08:07 AM #6
Are you in an independent school or a state school? There are several unions covering school support staff, but some specialise in public sector (state) schools.
I'm in ATL which covers independents as well
8th February 2013, 08:19 AM #7
I'm actually a local authority employee, but the union the majority of the LA workers use seems to do what the council wants, rather that look after its members.
8th February 2013, 09:08 AM #8
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.
8th February 2013, 09:11 AM #9
Personally, and I realise they are in no way are education/anything specific, I used to be a member of the GMB when I was in education support, and they were great. However, this was nothing to do with their head office or structure etc, but due to the fact the local union rep worked in the next door office! Being able to call on someone quickly and easily for advice was invaluable. I think it all comes down to local situations, the unions present in your environment and what support network they have locally to your post.
8th February 2013, 09:21 AM #10
Another one for Voice. They are a non-striking union but very supportive when needed.
8th February 2013, 09:23 AM #11
Voice here too. I was very impressed when I asked them a question and got an instant response, and a detailed follow-up. They do seem to understand the pressures of IT in schools!
8th February 2013, 09:29 AM #12
Welome to IT.
Originally Posted by Jon_boy1984
Some people never understand why we can get very grumpy, but what you have said really does sum it up.
8th February 2013, 09:32 AM #13
I was thinking about joining a union last night. so thanks for this thread! lol
8th February 2013, 09:38 AM #14
Another Voice member here.
8th February 2013, 09:39 AM #15
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.
Originally Posted by hardtailstar
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.
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