Is it time for a Soldiers Union?

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  1. I just read the thread about the Government taking away money from Army housing schemes, when ever the Government take advantage or abuse the military by making eccessive demands or making life-changing decisions (such as reduction of allowances or pay freezes); Soldiers dont tend to have a voice. Is it time to discuss a possible union within the military (ok, its not 100% practical, but one that can not strike, but can represent the voice of normal soldiers).

    Whats your opinion, is the idea of a Union completley wrong or should Solders voices be represented better than what they are. In all other sectors Unions have brought about better pay, working conidtions and driven up standards which has had a positive affect on morale.

    Anyway, just a thought.
     
  2. A totally ridiculous idea. Unions have no place in Britain, let alone its military.
     
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  3. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    No in short if you don't like it get out and find something you do like.
    The Armed Forces don't actually have a bad run at things.
    As people find when they rush of to where the grass is greener
     
  4. No. Next question.
     
  5. No Unions are destroying the country with thier constant requests for increases to wages and benifits when the money is not avaliable.

    Now be a good fellow and get back in the box :)
     
  6. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    There is no place for a trade union. There is a place for an independent staff association which can represent the views of members of the armed forces and engage constructively with government, parliament, the media and the public without any question of industrial militancy, strikes or anything else of that sort. As it happens, one already exists. See For UK forces personnel | British Armed Forces Federation | BAFF for details.
     
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  7. No. ****ing Communists
     
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  8. Thanks, this is interesting. Although i will not be becoming a member of BAFF as I am retired; i think the Federation idea is much better than a Union.
     
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  9. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    bah humbug, whats needed is a coup de'tat, re-instate an absolute Monarchy. Armed forces side with the Monarch and gets preferential treatment. Old and Bold get issued a BFO pension and an SLR or SMLE for the really old knackers, Tropper can have a Brown Bess. We form the "Reserve" with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as Colonel in Chief and deploy when ever he gets pissed off with things :)
     
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  10. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    It's only fair: he did invent it.
     
  11. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand………… we're off!
     
  12. For crying out loud, not this thread again!
    No, no, no - does that help?
     
  13. Sounds like a plan!
     
  14. Unions, an 18th Century solution, with 19th Century ideology to a 21st Century set of problems.
    No, **** no, A million times no.