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General Chat Thread, All Out! Strike Action Thursday 10th July 2014 in General; I voted for strike action this Thursday. Is there anyone else here on Edugeek going up to Birmingham on Thursday ...
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    All Out! Strike Action Thursday 10th July 2014

    I voted for strike action this Thursday.

    Is there anyone else here on Edugeek going up to Birmingham on Thursday for the rally and march?

    I'll be easy to spot - wearing an anon mask and carrying a placard that reads "Dave, we don't like you".

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    Unless of course you're in an Academy where certain unions forgot they have to be balloted separately

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    I don't agree with strike action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkaline View Post
    I don't agree with strike action.
    Hence why I am with Voice

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    Same here, The Voice actually help you as well, rather than having their own politicised agenda.

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    I am with Voice too
    I do agree with strike action but in recent years the strikes have been for all the wrong reasons so I decided to join Voice who are very good - I like being in a union which has all different categories of people who work in the SAME environment which means that they all have the same sort of problems and issues to solve

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    I've never understood how the whole 'Union' thing works. So if you're a member of 'Union A' and someone else working at your School is a member of 'Union B' and 'Union A' votes to strike, does that mean ALL Union A members HAVE to have the day off (presumably unpaid) whilst Union B members work as normal? How does it work if you don't agree with Strike action as a member of Union A?

    I'm confused

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    So if you're a member of 'Union A' and someone else working at your School is a member of 'Union B' and 'Union A' votes to strike, does that mean ALL Union A members HAVE to have the day off (presumably unpaid)....
    No, you can decide to work and ignore the strike.

    ....whilst Union B members work as normal? How does it work if you don't agree with Strike action as a member of Union A?

    You get paid if you work. You dont get paid if you strike. You sign in as normal and payrole sorts the rest.

    The Trick Is, not declare your stance until the day of action, and force the school to make a choice. If they open as normal, they face difficulties not being able to cover for striking members.

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    So if you're a member of 'Union A' and someone else working at your School is a member of 'Union B' and 'Union A' votes to strike, does that mean ALL Union A members HAVE to have the day off (presumably unpaid)....
    No, you can decide to work and ignore the strike.

    ....whilst Union B members work as normal? How does it work if you don't agree with Strike action as a member of Union A?

    You get paid if you work. You dont get paid if you strike. You sign in as normal and payrole sorts the rest.

    The Trick Is, not declare your stance until the day of action, and force the school to make a choice. If they open as normal, they face difficulties not being able to cover for striking members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I'll be easy to spot - wearing an anon mask and carrying a placard that reads "Dave, we don't like you".
    If it's Dave Prentis (and if I weren't working), I'd come along for that...

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    Na, not striking. If I need legal aid, I get it thru the BCS.

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    Don't forget that if you are in a non-striking union, they expect you not to carry out the duties of your striking colleagues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Don't forget that if you are in a non-striking union, they expect you not to carry out the duties of your striking colleagues.
    I know that - nobody ever asks me to do anything other than my own job anyway

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    Quite right. "Any other duties" clauses are there for a reason after all...

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    I'm not sure. My school is pretty "non-striking". Even the teachers tend not to bother. This time is different, basically anyone over age 30 is going off that day, the young uns are in as they need their beer money.

    What is getting me this time is 1) the high turn out 2) the plan to have everyone doing the same sort of work to avoid "office workers" just signing in and going on an unoffical strike by browsing the net/watching films all day out of sight of management 3) the attitude of one of my senior leaders towards me this week (back to sivvy mode, do what I tell you)

    My missus isn't keen on the idea (loosing 60-odd). But I'd hate to be the only member of admin-support who came in. Makes you look like a scab. It doesn't help that being from mining stock the default suggestion from *any* family member is "You have to support your union" (Helped the NUM didn't it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ephelyon View Post
    Quite right. "Any other duties" clauses are there for a reason after all...
    A couple of years ago, a teacher got quite shirty because I wouldn't run off a SIMS report for her when the admin staff were out on strike.

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