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    As others have said, speak to people within the school. I know that some unions have very good reps in one school but very poor ones in others. (One of my friends couldn't get her union rep in at all, despite multiple calls and emails to him and the regional office)

    I'm also with Voice. My union rep has been very good whenever I've spoken to him about various things although I haven't really "needed" him as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by north-ict View Post
    Ok im a bit of a novice when it comes to unions and what not and the teachers strike got me thinking. Being IT support staff which union is best to go about it no point in starting a new thread since its being kinda answered here.
    You know people say there should be a dislike button on facebook? there should be something like that for edugeek lol (ofcourse im joking)

    Im helping people with there edugeek addition by starting a thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisbulley View Post
    Really? do they let you pay monthy? how how much will it cost?
    Yes, Yes and see here

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisbulley View Post
    You know people say there should be a dislike button on facebook? there should be something like that for edugeek lol (ofcourse im joking)
    There is, it's called negative rep available under the Reputation button. See, Edugeek is way ahead of Facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    There is, it's called negative rep available under the Reputation button. See, Edugeek is way ahead of Facebook
    Noooo lol it was only a little joke im sure hes making sence but i just felt like making a new post

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    lol sorry i am half asleep its still early! lol i am just looking at voice looks really interesting.

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    The other advantage of The Voice Union is that they are not affiliated to any politcal party and is not part of the TUC, so totally independent. This was one of the biggest factors for me in moving from Unison as I felt they were more interested in their political agenda than supporting their members.

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    Ive Thanks almost anyones post..

    And ill be sending a e-mail or ringing up for one very soon

    Thank you for your help you have all been awesome!

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    The Burton Union works best for me the more interaction you have the better life seems

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    It also depends on whether you work in a state school or an in independent school - some unions are very specifically for state sector employees.
    Just for the record I'm in ATL. Association of Teachers and Lecturers: the education union which covers independent and state sector schools and covers both support and teaching staff... especially useful if your role is ambiguous and crosses the boundaries!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisbulley View Post
    Really? do they let you pay monthy? how how much will it cost?
    Voice membership for full-time support staff is £125 a year.

    You can pay monthly over 10 or 12 months.
    Last edited by crc-ict; 23rd June 2011 at 10:16 AM. Reason: Quote fail

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    Quote Originally Posted by crc-ict View Post
    Voice membership for full-time support staff is £125 a year.

    You can pay monthly over 10 or 12 months.
    Well I have just joined (yes, mattx, I know I said I would AGES ago). I thought my £20 a month payrise should go on something worthwhile.
    It costs me slightly less as I am term-time only. I didnt see an option for 10 or 12 months either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Well I have just joined (yes, mattx, I know I said I would AGES ago). I thought my £20 a month payrise should go on something worthwhile.
    It costs me slightly less as I am term-time only. I didnt see an option for 10 or 12 months either.
    Im full time and term time..

    I think i got a rise of 50 pounds a month... thats why I want to join... so im in the same boot as you :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisbulley View Post
    Really? do they let you pay monthy? how how much will it cost?
    I pay monthly. I'll check my bank statement and see how much.

    £10.80

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    I've been with Unison for 5 years, used them in one formal capacity and 5 or 6 times just for advice. They've always been quick to respond, the costs aren't extortionate, and my local rep is pretty good.

    My feeling is the strength of Unions rely on unification. If everyone doesn't agree on what your meant to be united against, then it defeats the point.
    A lot of the support you get is mostly available from other sources for free (such as the CAB), or for one off fee's in the case of formal representation.
    The other part is getting your views represented at government. If you don't agree to changes being made that affect your working environment, your Union has the power to bring this forward, on behalf of you and all their members as a single voice, rather than a collection of individuals, the majority of which probably never do anything about it except moan down the pub.

    If all you want is the legal support and backup, then most unions will suffice, though some are stronger than others in different places around the UK. They all have a different focus and each will vary on price, exact support offered etc.

    You are unlikely to go far wrong by joining one of the biggest unions such as Unison or GMB, as they have more coverage than most unions across the UK. The smaller the union, the bigger the area each Rep will cover, and the more likely you are to find variation in level of support available.

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