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General Chat Thread, Unison Strike in General; Originally Posted by webman If we do strike, should we shut the servers down? If so for what reasons? Absolutely ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    If we do strike, should we shut the servers down? If so for what reasons?

    Absolutely not.

    The servers run if you are off sick or on holiday.

    The fact that you are not working does not mean that you can prevent others from doing so. In fact you would probably be on dodgy legal ground if you did shut the servers down.

    I think somebody has already said this. If your servers are routinely shut down at night and it's your job to reboot the following morning, then obviously they would not be started up. I think very few places shut their servers down overnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I'm in Unison. I shalln't be striking for the following reasons:

    2. I voted no
    You don't agree with democracy then Localzuk?

    (just pointing out that that isn't a valid reason not to strike)

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    I would strike, but then the strike days are in our school holidays!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark View Post
    You don't agree with democracy then Localzuk?

    (just pointing out that that isn't a valid reason not to strike)
    I support democracy (when it is done properly!), so long as a reasonable number of people actually vote. 26% of the membership replying to the ballot is pathetic, and simply does not represent enough of the membership to make a judgement based on.

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    I was not planning on sabotage. My main concern is that should a security breach or virus attack occur that threatens the security or data of the network, it can not be dealt with as there will be nobody from IT support able to respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    I was not planning on sabotage. My main concern is that should a security breach or virus attack occur that threatens the security or data of the network, it can not be dealt with as there will be nobody from IT support able to respond.
    Do you shut them down in the hols when no-one is working (bank hols, Christmas Day etc)?

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    I support democracy (when it is done properly!), so long as a reasonable number of people actually vote. 26% of the membership replying to the ballot is pathetic, and simply does not represent enough of the membership to make a judgement based on.
    I agree this reminds me of the recent teacher strike, most of the unions didn't strike and the one that did had less than 50% turnout. I think if you're a paying mumber you should 'have' to vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    I was not planning on sabotage. My main concern is that should a security breach or virus attack occur that threatens the security or data of the network, it can not be dealt with as there will be nobody from IT support able to respond.
    That's for the SMT to worry about. However, as I said, your network copes if you're on holiday. I presume you don't do on-call support from the beach

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    7 days before the school shuts, can I afford to strike? no, will the school be affected? no. The kids will be running wild anyway, so what is the point of taking 2 days off without pay when nobody will be affected.

    If the strike was in the middle of the GCSE exams then maybe someone would sit up and take notice of the job we do.

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    No we don't shut them down when we're on holiday, but we have an arrangement that we are contactable in an emergency.

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    Our union (Nipsa) is debating whether to follow suit & strike on those days also. Thing is... with our school holidays started already & pupils off until September it will have no affect in my position. As we have a militant union rep that I wouldn't fancy crossing I have taken the 2 days off as Annual Leave. Did I want to do that? No.

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    As we have a militant union rep that I wouldn't fancy crossing
    I HATE people like that, fair enough if they want to strike but other people have a choice and they should respect that.

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    Which begs a question, a lot of you have said you will not strike as you can't afford to. But would you cross a picket line?

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    I'm not in the union so i'll be crossing the line.

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    @Geoff - yep...

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