I do get frustrated when I hear teachers blaming the unions. You are the unions. Members can have meetings, lobby the Head and governors, do something to promote a better working environment. In my school we have fought off many changes that would have made the job more stressful. It has been done by being quick to comment on any changes and using local and regional officers to give guidance and meet with the Head. We have improved directed time, duties, salary policy, redundancy policy and intervened on behalf of individual members. It does take time but it is worth the effort since the alternative is to just let others control what happens.