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Against the Strike?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by becktonboy, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    while agreeing with many of scienceguy's points, to say
    is not quite accurate. A survey gathers opinions and views, a strike ballot is a democratic participation in a decision. Those not voting have opted to leave the decision to others and are bound by that decision.
    any teacher in their right mind would not want to strike, it is a last resort.
  2. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    I agree with above! How can you be 'shoved' into a union? Many unions you can join for free at the moment... e.g. ATL http://www.atl.org.uk/why-join/how-to-join.asp
  3. Collective action are two words that have obviously fallen out of use. A union decides to hold a ballot for a strike. Anyone is free to debate whether they are for or against. A member then votes and a decison is made. At that point, regardless of your own personal opinion, you follow the decison of the union. If you disagree, you leave the union either voluntarily or you get expelled.
    I'm retired and despaired at my younger colleages. Union membership is not like pick n mix at Woolies. It is about asserting power.
    To those who have decided to ignore their union advice and not strike next week. Shame on you.
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    If you disagree with the strike or with striking in general then don't go out on strike. It is your own personal opinion and those who do not respect your right to make that choice are not worth bothering with.

    If your colleague verbally abuse you or pressurise you in any way then you need to report the abuse to your HT. It is totally unacceptable for any member of staff to call another names or otherwise abuse them. You should not keep your head down and let them carry on. They are not allowed to make you feel this way and you must not stand for it.

    Keep making it clear that you are not in favour of strike action and so will not be striking, end of story. Also make it clear that you will not tolerate abuse. Be confident and assertive, you have no need to put up with this.

    But, as this thread shows you, a lot of those who strike do not respect other people's right to make their own decisions.

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