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    Unison Strike

    Seems Unison members will be out on strike on 16th & 17th July.

    UNISON the public service union - News

    Our school will be shut to children I imagine, all LSA and kitchen staff are unison (as am I), it will bugger up leavers evening though.

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    I've left Unison because of this strike.

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    Debating whether to strike or not - main reason - can i actually afford to strike
    Ironic isn't it?

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    @Gatt - I really do feel for people who struggle on little pay and can't afford to strike.

    Lucky for me I'm still at home so can afford to miss a couple of days pay.

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    Debating whether to strike as can't afford to lose pay. Not sure whats happening with the school as kitchen staff are unison but not sure if striking and my fellow techies are GMB who aren't striking.

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    I can't afford to. full stop

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    Same here debating whether to strike or not, it won't make much difference here as my boss is not in a union so she will be in and cover for me.

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    If we do strike, should we shut the servers down? If so for what reasons?

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    A lot of our office staff will be striking. I'm on strike. So is my boss. The two lads that work for us aren't though. They aren't in Unison.

    You shouldn't deliberately sabotage anything webman, however if something should accidentally break. Well that'd be a shame...

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    I can't afford to strike - so I won't. Doesn't bother me. I pay Unison subs and get involved actively. I'm not a steward at the moment having recently moved jobs.
    It seems ridiculous that we can choose whether or not to be in a union but then those that pay subscriptions pay for pay negotiations. I'd be happier if the system was scrapped and something else was found that worked.
    It's ok for teacher unions as mebership is above 90%. Unisons potential membership, for whatever reason, is very apathetic and only 30-40% are members.
    Trouble is then we in our jobs are always the scapegoats. Productivity and profits constantly rise but pay doesn't and hours are never reduced.

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    Shutting the servers down feels wrong. You should be not working, not causing problems in work by turning things off. If a caretaker goes on strike he doesnít go around locking all the doors that are normally left unlocked.

    Unless itís a server thatís shut down every night and itís your job to turn it on in the morning. Then leave it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pottsey View Post
    Shutting the servers down feels wrong. You should be not working, not causing problems in work by turning things off. If a caretaker goes on strike he doesnít go around locking all the doors that are normally left unlocked.

    Unless itís a server thatís shut down every night and itís your job to turn it on in the morning. Then leave it off.
    I wouldn't shut anything down. I would leave on strike exactly how things are now. If something was to happen then fine - but not deliberately. At the end of the day, it's me who will have to sort it all out again on Wednesday!

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    I'm in Unison. I shalln't be striking for the following reasons:

    1. Can't afford to lose 2 days pay!
    2. I voted no
    3. Only 13% of the membership actually voted yes.
    4. The economy is shot to hell, demanding a larger pay rise now is inappropriate and not helpful to the overall easing of inflation.

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    As the current inflationary pressure (commodities) 'should' be temporary i'm going with no strike, if things don't improve next year i'll reconsider. I'll hold my hands up to not owning a car though so i'm not feeling the petrol price pain.

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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?
    Why would you even think that is an option? Do you shut them down everytime you have a day off?

    There is no reason to shut the servers down that I can see. If they crash etc then they just stay down but to deliberatly switch them off is nonsense!

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