Not sure about everyone else but there's definitely a bunch at our place that never got ballot papers, including myself so the whole of unisons 1.3 million members can't possibly have voted unless it wsa just us they didn't ballot
So all the facts and figures that unison are pushing about "yes" votes are complete BS then by the looks of it?!
Why does that not surprise me?
It has been said before, but for those who need reminding:
The union ballots are as democratic as our Local, General, and European elections are. Not everyone is obliged to vote; sadly most don't bother. We elect Governments on the same sort of percentages as the unions are claiming gives them the mandate to strike. If the masses don't vote, they don't really have any grounds to complain about the results.
I am opposed to strike action in general, but there is a risk that failing to support the unions now in standing up to the Governments plan to tax pensions (increased contribitions are going to the Treasury, not to fund pensions) will mean that every time the Government is short of a few £ they will come back & chip a bit more of their employees pensions, or maintain the pay freeze another year, or even start cutting public sector wages as happened in Greece & Ireland.
I thought that if people didn't get balloted, but should have, then that makes a strike illegal? One of the rail unions got into trouble over this a couple of years back IIRC, and their strike action was deemed illegal by the High Court.
I'd say tell your employer that you weren't balloted and get them to pass the info up the chain.
My boss knows as she was also one of the ones that wasn't balloted
I don't think it would be feasible to have a 100% return even if it was a nil return from someone.
JFI - the school I'm at on Wednesday is going to be open for non-striking staff so I'll be in whatever happens.
Seems with the train one that yes there were glaring issues such as sending ballot papers to signal boxes that had burnt down.