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Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Brunettegirl, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. Brunettegirl

    Brunettegirl Occasional commenter

    I'm a new poster here, and have found myself dismayed about the number of teaching professionals who do not belong to a union and have found out too late that they need the support. There are a fair few options for us to choose from, and they are free if you are training or an NQT. Please join up if you haven't done so already. With the climate that we are working in at the moment in schools, it is short sighted not to. I know sometimes the unions can't do very much, but in many cases they are the difference between keeping or losing your job, or exiting in a fair manner.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  2. Cooperuk

    Cooperuk Senior commenter

    Absolutely agree with this - the unions are a lifeline when you find yourself in difficult times.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Compassman and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Agree completely.

    With the caveat that unions cannot solve your problems (many people complain that their union "did nothing") - they don't have a magic wand that will make everything go away, they just do what they can to represent you, get the best deal for you and ensure what your employer does is within the law.

    That the deal they get isn't what you really want doesn't mean they "did nothing".
  5. dixie64

    dixie64 New commenter

    As I've learned to my cost, I've always been a member of a union until changing banks last year I forgot to set up a new direct debit so my membership was in arrears, completely my own fault. (So much easier when it was taken from salary at source) Fast forward 8 months and sadly although I am now paying the arrears along with this years membership, they are unable to represent me during my present dilemma - so take heed please, please join a union and make sure your subs are up to date. You simply never know what is round the corner.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  6. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    As they aren't representing you for the situation that occurred there is no way I'd pay the arrears. I'd either say no or change Union as it would make no difference.
    wanet and dixie64 like this.
  7. Brunettegirl

    Brunettegirl Occasional commenter

    I agree. And I also agree that they can't solve all of our problems, however they can act as an effective buffer if you don't feel well enough or feel able to have a direct communication with your employer.
    dixie64 likes this.
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Some of my draft letters can be useful here too.

    Best wishes

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  9. dixie64

    dixie64 New commenter

    Omg how naive am I, that didn't occur to me. I was incredibly upset when I called them last week, do you think I should call them again. (Just this question not going to hijack the thread)
  10. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    I'd personally call them and ask to speak to someone senior. Whilst they won't represent you for a previous event I don't think they should then ask you to pay for the time they won't cover you!
    wanet, Middlemarch and dixie64 like this.

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