Turnip?? Are you suggesting only white vegetables are good for you? Potatoes a bit too brown for you are they?
Precisely my experience as a repIt is terrible now, I was a rep for nigh on nine years and my phone was on 24/7 for the members and their issues.
I know of two close friends of mine who I have written letters for and given advice on employment law as their reps from the respective Unions did not even return phonecalls.
Thing is as a rep yes sometimes you may be on a different shift or rota, but it should be the passion for not seeing people (especially the young and naive) get done over by unscrupulous employers. I think an issue nowadays is a lack of solidarity, that is not a communist or marxist statement. I mean it in the way that everyone is out for themselves and as long as they are alright put up with 5hit instead of pulling together.
An excellent question. In my experience the equation is generally fairly well balanced and when both employer and union behave reasonably, both benefit. You often hear “share the pain, share the gain” and when that happens, it’s usually a good working relationship.So, and this is a serious question and admitting the fact I've only really had two employers in my life, are there really "unscrupulous employers" or is it just employers who want to keep the company afloat? The "fatcat, money grabbing, slave driving capitalist" employers that were bandied around as the arch-enemy of the working classes throughout the 20th century appear to me to have gone by the wayside and while I could argue that some of the managers I deal with are rather economical with the feelings towards the worker (usually when the managers have signed up to a schedule that hasen't a hope in hell of being met...) perhaps I just see both sides of the divide and can rationalise what both sides want.
The last site I worked at where there was a union presence put me off every wanting to join because the way they described the management was straight out of the Fred Kite playlist, and their pay demands every year were comical
You are better off with a civi lawyer than ACAS ( A Crock A Shit) as I used to call them, if your case is strong and your union had a decent law firm that is a much better route and will pay dividends in the end, fair days work, fair days pay is all that has ever been asked oh and importantly to go home to your family safe.An excellent question. In my experience the equation is generally fairly well balanced and when both employer and union behave reasonably, both benefit. You often hear “share the pain, share the gain” and when that happens, it’s usually a good working relationship.
In my time as a rep I’ve seen employees willing to eat their own shit to help out as the employer genuinely needs helping out and has behaved very well towards the employees; I’m seeing exactly that right now with my employer (civi aviation), crucified by COVID. By contrast, a few years back we ended up at ACAS (useless twats) o the road to strike action because the employer was tearing chunks out of our T&Cs ostensibly to “streamline” the business whilst paying the board £ multi million bonuses.
Thee and me both.You are better off with a civi lawyer than ACAS ( A Crock A Shit) as I used to call them, if your case is strong and your union had a decent law firm that is a much better route and will pay dividends in the end, fair days work, fair days pay is all that has ever been asked oh and importantly to go home to your family safe.
That was the basic message at the start of the Trades Union movement and still should be.
Forget all the political bias bit, it is totally unnecessary. If the unions kept the politics out of it and kept their noses firmly on the job in hand there would not be so much negativity towards them.
I have aired my views many times on courses and meetings and being met with a mixed response, personally I would rather stick with the core values.
"She argued that her fellow students should be shielded from unwanted references to a number of subjects:And so the decline continues to wend inexorably towards the loss of reputation, status and (when it is too late to realise), income . . .
Students at Aberdeen University have voted to have warnings included in lectures to protect them from distressing or upsetting feelings.www.eveningexpress.co.uk
"She argued that her fellow students should be shielded from unwanted references to a number of subjects:
The simple solution would be to do a proper subject in the first place. For those unwilling or unable to do so they could just grow the **** up and accept that there are some unpleasant things in the world.
- animal abuse
- sexual abuse and harassment
- drug and alcohol abuse
Unless this is a way of highlighting interesting books like the old "This programme contains scenes of nudity" warnings on telly that meant it might be worth watching.