I belong to Voice which is a non-striking union. So I won't be striking but I also won't undertake any jobs that the striking admin staff would normally do. I will be the only first aider in a school of 540. I have said that I believe this is an unsafe ratio but it fell upon deaf ears.
If there is a picket line and you are not striking because you are not in one of the striking unions but feel too intimidated to go to work then you can explain that this was why you were unable to attend work and it shouldn't go against you.
I have varied views over the strike.
I am fortunate enough to be in the situation where the pay increase is not that important. I do get annoyed at anyone who moans about their pay but is not prepared to strike for a decent wage?
What annoys me even more is those moaners who are quite prepared to let others strike on behalf of them but are not willing to join a union or support it themselves.
If you are not prepared to stick up for yourself then why do they expect others to do it on their behalf?
So as far as I am concerned is put up or shut up.
But how do you stop them striking on your behalf if you don't want them to?What annoys me even more is those moaners who are quite prepared to let others strike on behalf of them but are not willing to join a union or support it themselves.
I moaned about pay in my last job but nothing happened so i moved jobs.I do get annoyed at anyone who moans about their pay but is not prepared to strike for a decent wage?
Think that was Spock's reaction.. or rather Spock's Eyebrow's reaction
Ok lets get one thing clear
I am in Unison but im not striking because....
1) I didn't ge a ballot paper
2) only 13 PERCENT of Unison members voted, out of that only 55 PERCENT said "yes - we'll strike" - now my maths isn't great but thats what - about 7.5 percent (give or take) of Unison Members?
3) Most Importantly... Like most other people here, I have Bills to pay each month, I also have to feed my family - (Me, My Wife, my 14 Month old son, and 2 dogs).. I can ONLY JUST do this on a full months pay... If I lose 2 days pay - I will NOT be able to pay all my bills or even buy food..
Number 3 is the primary reason I am not striking - i just cannot afford to..
Now if you lot who say we should be striking "cos everyone else is" thinks that this strike is more important than my family - then you need to wake up! NOTHING is more important than them. NOTHING.
In the current economical climate, and the fact that a recession is just over the horizon, then I think 6.4% is a fantasy figure...
Im just grateful to be in a job that is, for now, secure (we all need schools) and that pays the bills...
Errrr no i wanted my payrise i've been offered in April all this waiting is costing me money not to mention there's no obligation to back pay it so i'll consider anything won an inconvenience bonusMind you it would be nice to hear that if there is an increase in the pay award that it will only go to those that have demonstated that they are prepared to take action over their pay and conditions!
and don't forget Gatt that on top of Unisons low turnout some other unions aren't even striking, so i get the feeling that people in general didn't want to strike this time. I think a better approach as the government don't have any money is to tell them what will happen next year to give them time to plan and budget for a better offer, the only way to fund a fantasy pay rise this year is through increased taxation.
I'd also think the curent inflation issue is temporary, once the recession takes hold inflation will drop and we can all start thinking how lucky we are to have secure jobs as people all around us are made redundant.
Last edited by cookie_monster; 16th July 2008 at 11:24 AM.
With the low turn out and such a small majority actually voting for the strike, I can't believe that Unison have actually gone out.
Two days pay is a lot to those at the bottom end and they can ill afford to lose it.
This has been the last straw for me; I resigned from Unison yesterday and joing GMB.
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