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General Chat Thread, UNISON vote for strike in General; Unison have voted to strike, 2 days in July. I guess at the beginning of July, or it will have ...
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    UNISON vote for strike

    Unison have voted to strike, 2 days in July.
    I guess at the beginning of July, or it will have no impact whatsoever in schools.

    The vote was over the 2.45% pay rise that the teachers also rejected.

    BBC NEWS | Politics | Council workers vote for strike

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    Place'll fall apart in our absence ....

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    do the servers strike too ?

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    We have a very unionised staff, especially amongst support staff after a few things that happened. Myself and all the techs are in Unison, so thats the network gone then.
    Never used to believe in unions until I worked in a school, but now realise it's good to have some backup.

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    2.45%?

    I think you should hold out for 14%



    RPI is 4.3%, I think 4.5% would be fair, 6% is too high
    Last edited by somabc; 23rd June 2008 at 07:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    do the servers strike too ?
    LOL!! If most, or all, of the support staff are out you'll find the school's shut anyway (canteen staff are UNISON in our place as well)

    If the school is open a strike in Sympathy by the servers could easily be arranged, 'must have been a power outage in the night'

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    do the servers strike too ?
    Itís strange how those ethernet leads can work themselves loose

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    Seriously, the last strike I can remember was in the summer holidays. There were only me and the cleaners in school. It was a real farce.

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    I agree that we should be paid more. However, I don't agree with striking in schools. It is damaging to the kids education.

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    I liked it when we (Unison) used to do selective strikes - pulling key workers from departments that would cause maximum disruption, without causing any real damage.


    Depends on your view of Education of course - to me Schools do more damage than good so striking schools would be a good thing!!

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    I don't agree with striking in schools.
    Hmmmm, when faced with a crap payrise BELOW the rate of inflation and you have bills to pay and NO one is prepared to meet your demands and it down to you to feed your children, pay the bills and keep a roof over your head - you may feel differently.
    My number one priority in life is the well being of my children - if that means having to strike to make a point then so be it.

    [ I'm not a member of a union btw ]

    The Gov calls for wage restraints but how the hell are people supposed to live ?
    Maybe if they had the balls and taxed the mega rich at a proper rate and went after the earners who manage to tie up their money in clever accountants, people would not have to strike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Hmmmm, when faced with a crap payrise BELOW the rate of inflation and you have bills to pay and NO one is prepared to meet your demands and it down to you to feed your children, pay the bills and keep a roof over your head - you may feel differently.
    My number one priority in life is the well being of my children - if that means having to strike to make a point then so be it.
    I agree. But the well being of your children is put in jeopardy when people in schools strike. The education they receive is the most important part of their up bringing. With the economy in the state it is in, we all have to show restraint.

    The Gov calls for wage restraints but how the hell are people supposed to live ?
    Maybe if they had the balls and taxed the mega rich at a proper rate and went after the earners who manage to tie up their money in clever accountants, people would not have to strike.
    I agree in part here, the government's taxing system is pretty useless. But at the same time, people are supposed to live by being frugal during a time when we need to be more careful. Out of control spending is what has put us in this situation in the first place. (I mean out of control spending via borrowing.)

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    I'm also not in a Union at present due to where I am, but I agree with them, and what Mattx has said, fine I don't have children but I do know that many people that are struggling to put food on the table for their kids and working stupid hours of overtime to try and make ends meet and give there kids that one day out in summer etc. Bills are stupid, costing more and more to put oil in the tank for heating my house, fuel in the car, electricity bill going through the roof etc, its not funny anymore. and I'm not even splashing out money! I haven't had a real holiday in 5 years now, 3 days in London isn't a full on holiday to me, thats more a week somewhere miles away, and I even took work to London with me thats how busy I was at that point!

    Clamp down on all the idiots wasting money and tax the sods that have too much of it!
    Last edited by john; 23rd June 2008 at 11:01 PM.

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    With the governant getting rid of the 10p tax band the amount of tax that I am paying has increased drastically. Inspite of a pay increase last April my net pay is less.

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    Hmm... Strike... already got zero cash... a 13th month old toddler... loans.. wedding...
    Can I really afford to strike?

    In UNISON? Yes
    In Favour?. Yes
    Going to strike - unsure - but probably not..

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