+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 26
General Chat Thread, What Union? in General; Quick question. What union, if any do school IT Techs belong to and why that particular union? I'm not a ...
  1. #1
    Number6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Worcester, UK
    Posts
    457
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    12

    What Union?

    Quick question.

    What union, if any do school IT Techs belong to and why that particular union?

    I'm not a member of any union but I've been advised that it could be a good idea.

    I know there's an old thread on here recommending Unison but not sure if that recommendation is still valid?

    So, ATL? GMB? UNISON?...... whomever?

  2. #2
    kevbaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Plymouth
    Posts
    855
    Thank Post
    129
    Thanked 69 Times in 47 Posts
    Rep Power
    43
    am personally with GMB, in my 8 years here ive called upon them twice and always been happy with their support

  3. #3
    jsnetman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    887
    Thank Post
    23
    Thanked 134 Times in 126 Posts
    Rep Power
    39
    I was a member of GMB but can absolutely say in my experience they are useless. Went through JD and couldn't get any help from them at all. Could not even get in touch with the local rep, phoned head office they refer me back to the rep. I sent a haughty letter resigning asking them to stop my payments, which they did not, finally got the LEA to cancel my payment to them. Now I get stupid recorded messages every couple of days asking for my subscription. If I could be bothered I would report them to OFCOM or whatever.

  4. #4

    sparkeh's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    6,259
    Thank Post
    1,138
    Thanked 1,463 Times in 980 Posts
    Blog Entries
    22
    Rep Power
    457
    Being a member of a union is a great idea.
    I belong to Unison, mostly as we seem to get a lot more info from our local branch than from other unions.

  5. #5
    machin05's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    259
    Thank Post
    18
    Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
    Rep Power
    21
    I'm not a member of a Union either, but thankfully have never needed to call on the help or support of one. The advice I was given about joining oen was to find out which union the majority of your school's employees are with. That way you have a louder voice when challenging the system!

    R.A.T.M. anyone?

  6. #6
    SteveBentley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    1,415
    Thank Post
    116
    Thanked 261 Times in 187 Posts
    Rep Power
    71
    With unions I guess your experience depends a lot on how pro-active your local branch is.

    I guess the first thing to check is which union your school/LEA recognises - there's no point joining the GMB if they only recognise and consult with Unison!

  7. #7

    3s-gtech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Wales
    Posts
    2,488
    Thank Post
    133
    Thanked 490 Times in 438 Posts
    Rep Power
    138
    Voice here, due to their non-striking policy amongst other things. Good few members on here.

  8. Thanks to 3s-gtech from:

    speckytecky (7th October 2009)

  9. #8

    bossman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,853
    Thank Post
    1,160
    Thanked 1,028 Times in 729 Posts
    Rep Power
    323
    Unison and i would advise anyone who is not in one to join asap as things can get quite hairy in education as things seem to be blown out of all proportion in some cases.

  10. #9
    BrianG's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    163
    Thank Post
    64
    Thanked 25 Times in 18 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4
    Rep Power
    20
    I'm with GMB as, I too, was advised to join a union when i started in schools. I've not had to use them upto now. Always get the blurb through though and newsletters etc..

  11. #10

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Heywood, Lancs
    Posts
    202
    Thank Post
    6
    Thanked 50 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    27
    Personally I am in Unison, but that is because there is an on-site rep (there may not be in many schools) and that is traditionally the union that former APT&C scale employees would have been in in most Rochdale schools. GMB may be a valid choice in your area or school if they are stronger there.

    Some of my colleagues who have more interactions with pupils have joined ATL, as they are perhaps more experienced at dealing with issues which may crop up as a result of dealing with pupils; I believe they have special rates for support staff. I would echo the point made above by the other posters, however; joining some sort of union is vital; just look on it as an insurance policy.

  12. #11


    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5,135
    Thank Post
    1,307
    Thanked 808 Times in 513 Posts
    Rep Power
    632
    Another plug for Voice because they are non-striking. The discounts I get on airport parking almost cover the annual fee. I'd also say you should join a union.

    Isn't it slightly ironic that we are advocating a non-striking union because of loyalty towards a system that requires us to join a union because that loyalty might not be reciprocated?
    Last edited by laserblazer; 6th October 2009 at 05:56 PM.

  13. Thanks to laserblazer from:

    speckytecky (7th October 2009)

  14. #12

    teejay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    3,051
    Thank Post
    275
    Thanked 722 Times in 550 Posts
    Rep Power
    326
    Unison here due to there being a rep in school and nearly all the support staff are members. Don't really agree with their viewpoint at times but the support of an in school rep have proved invaluable.

  15. #13
    cookie_monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    4,185
    Thank Post
    392
    Thanked 278 Times in 239 Posts
    Rep Power
    74
    Oh is Voice not just for teachers then?

    EDIT

    I see that's not the case I thought it was.

    http://www.voicetheunion.org.uk/


    They seem to offer quite a few benefits as well

    Your membership of Voice includes the following perks and services:




    Advice and Support
    Casework and legal services are provided by our UK-wide network of officers and volunteers. Issues are dealt with promptly and effectively by our dedicated team who are able to support members on issues including:

    •disciplinary and competence issues
    •contractual negotiations, including redundancy and early retirement requirements
    •assaults or false allegations at work
    •discrimination and unfair dismissal.
    All work is supported by our in-house and external solicitors.



    Public Liability Insurance
    Indemnity up to 5,000,000 for legal liability in respect of third party bodily injury or loss of or damage to third party property.



    Protection of Property*
    Personal belongings are covered against loss and damage while on workplace premises up to a value of 250. Personal money is also protected up to a maximum of 150.



    Malicious Damage to Cars and Bikes*
    Cover up to 400 is included within your membership against malicious damage to your vehicle when parked at your place of work.



    Personal Accident Insurance*
    Members are covered (on duty) for loss of sight, hands or feet, permanent disablement or death to the sum of 9,000. Off duty cover for the above is insured to the sum of 2,000.



    Hospitalisation benefit

    500 compensation is available for 7 days’ hospitalisation following an accident.



    Confidential 24-hour legal advisory line
    Help with non-employment related advice.



    Personal Injury Service
    Support for members and their families.



    Your Voice
    The union’s journal.



    Information service
    Stay up-to-date with topical issues via our Website.



    Voice has also negotiated discounts from leading suppliers on the following services:

    •personal legal services
    •motor, home and travel insurances
    •CPD courses and training
    •financial advice
    •motor breakdown
    •professional indemnity insurance for self-employed members
    •hotels and holiday extras.
    Last edited by cookie_monster; 6th October 2009 at 06:08 PM.

  16. Thanks to cookie_monster from:

    speckytecky (7th October 2009)

  17. #14


    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5,135
    Thank Post
    1,307
    Thanked 808 Times in 513 Posts
    Rep Power
    632
    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Oh is Voice not just for teachers then?

    EDIT

    I see that's not the case I thought it was.

    Teachers’ union, National union teachers, Education union, Union for teachers | Voice
    No, they have a non teaching thing.

    EDIT: posted whilst you were editing

  18. #15

    plexer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    12,977
    Thank Post
    587
    Thanked 1,496 Times in 1,342 Posts
    Rep Power
    398
    GMB here and they are one of the ones recognised by Norfolk LEA otherwise there wouldn't be a lot of point.

    Ben

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Who is in the Voice union like?
    By Pottsey in forum General Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13th October 2008, 02:28 PM
  2. Union suggestions?
    By Ravening_Wolf in forum General Chat
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 1st April 2007, 08:29 AM
  3. Union
    By mattx in forum General Chat
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 2nd February 2007, 08:14 PM
  4. Creating our own Union
    By bossman in forum Comments and Suggestions
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 2nd June 2006, 08:38 AM
  5. What union to join??
    By edie209 in forum General Chat
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 21st March 2006, 10:28 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •