laserblazer (4th November 2011)
I fully disagree with what they are doing, IMHO in most cases they are worse than the banks and the Government.
The offer they were given was fair and more than suitable, especially given the current economic climate. You can't demand more and expect the government to keep giving without risking cuts elsewhere...i.e. jobs
laserblazer (4th November 2011)
Now I'm in a quandary, as I voted no because I don't think it will achieve anything - certainly the last strike I went on with Unison got me nowhere, and personally I can't afford to strike.
29% is a pathetic turnout but if you didn't want to strike, you should've sent your No ballot in. Lack of participation is no excuse.
I was tempted to join Voice anyway, I might go now tbh.
It defeats the whole purpose of union membership.
I'm fairly sure if people stand to gain personally from what the unions are fighting for, they wouldn't pass up any improved offers given the chance.
Meh. I joined the union for the legal protections I gain from that. They get my X amount of money a month in payment for that. I did not join them to go on strike. So no, I won't be striking.That's irrelevant though. If you join a union, you are expected to do what the majority vote for. Even if you voted against industrial action. The whole idea is for everybody to unite together for the good of each other, not just our own individual circumstances.
No it doesn't. They get X amount of money from me over my working life that may or may not ever be used to defend me against anything. It's more like an insurance policy.It defeats the whole purpose of union membership.
All of this was achieved by the trade unions and old Labour.
If Thatcher had her way back then, we'd still be sending kids up chimneys. The rich would have everything, and everyone else would have nothing. We'd be working 80 hours per week for next to nothing, with no rights at all.
29% turnout is a joke. I think something like 22% actually voted in favor out of the entire union membership. I don't think thats democracy. Although I did see on bbc news comments that the conservatives are only in government on a 30% vote
I will never strike, its just pure greed by public sector workers.
We all have to do our bit in times of Austerity and I am fully prepared to take a cut in my pension if it means my kids wont have to pay off our deficit for all their lives.
Touch wood, I haven't needed them....yet.
As a Union, I think our local, county, whatever, branch suck the big one, as I believe young people say these days.
Sorry, but to me that is no reason to ever join a proper Trade Union......Why not use your contribution to find yourself better legal cover! I thought a Union was for the good of the collective and the fact you have power in numbers as and when you challenge a decision.....
As you have seen in this case, the Government of the day can normally "Legally" make any changes they so decide and instead all you are left with is a compromise. Never what you started with in the first place......
Maybe you would have a different opinion if you were working directly with little brats.
Or if you''d seen colleagues have their career destroyed by false accusations.
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