Who benefits from trade unions


Intriguingly I had some discussions in regards to the day of strike action on 10 July. How many right-wing answers have you heard of lately such as:

1) I bear the scars of the trade unions on my back. I don’t believe in strike action.

2) I’m not a member of a trade union so it does not affect me.

3) Oh here we go again bring back the 1970s strike action, I can’t afford to go on strike I’ve got a mortgage to pay and children to feed.

4) God will provide trust in him and everything will work out I will pray for you.

5) I read the daily mail, express, telegraph you know you public sector workers want one rule for yourselves and another for the rest.

6) The trade union does not have the power since Maggie smashed the unions and they don’t take its members seriously I had a case and they did not want to know.

7) The Labour Party is in the pockets of the trade union.

8) Don’t work in public sector I’m happy in the private sector they treat us much better.

9) Public sector gets a decent pension and they are over paid. So why should I support them.

10) I have no time for trade unions I don’t know why I pay my union subs as I get no benefits from them and if I have a problems with management I will sort it out myself.

Here some positives for being in a trade union:

1) Trade unions speak on behalf of their members.
2) Trade unions provide members with information, advice and guidance about work-related problems.

3) Trade unions provide members with a range of services including training,  insurance, financial services and legal advice.

4) Trade unions bargain with employers to get better pay for members.

5) Trade unions campaign on particular issues, for example low pay, discrimination and bullying.

6) Trade unions can help you if you have a problem at work.

7) You’re better off in a union. Research shows that union members in the UK receive higher pay (on average 12.5% more), better sickness and pension benefits, more holiday and more flexible working hours than non-members.

8) Some people join in order to feel part of a wider community at work. Others join because they believe in giving employees a collective voice and making sure workers and not just employers and senior managers benefit from the success of an organisation.

9) Trade unions are at the forefront of campaigns to create a fairer society.

10) Workplaces are safer where there is a trade union recent studies show that organisations that have trade union health and safety committees have half the injury rate than those that manage safety without unions.”

11) Every year, around members seek help for a problem at work from their local trade branch last year  trade union legal service won more than £2m in settlements for members treated unfairly at work. In 2007 trade unions in UK as a whole won a record £330 million in compensation for members through
this sort of legal action.

Quick someone pinch me now, am I really delusional in thinking that Tories have reconfirmed plans to outlaw public-sector strikes in the face of July 10’s mass walkout.

Two million public sector workers including fire-fighters, teachers and council and NHS workers will strike over pay and pensions this Thursday.

In response embattled Tories say if they win the 2015 general election they will enact legislation to ban strikes if less than 50 per cent of union members involved vote Yes.

If the same restriction were placed on parliamentary elections no MPs would be elected.

The idea has been cooked up with the help of big business leaders, and is supported by the Prime Minister and other leading Conservatives.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said: “When faced with strike action being called on the basis of ballots often with extremely low turnouts, then actually every time that happens it strengthens the case for some sort of turnover threshold.”

Commenting on Thursday’s public-sector strike Mr Maude said trade union laws needed strengthening because strikes prevent “hardworking families from going to work and could in extreme cases put lives at risk.”

The questions I would pose to all the press, social media, and general public with the constant increases of food,electric, gas, rent, council tax, car insurance, MOT, bus fares, taxis, children clothing, shoes, and mortgage could you live with a 1% increase in your pay packet whilst your Member of Parliament gets a 11% increase in their pay packet. Remember to continue to lobby your Member of Parliament(MP) to make representation to the coalition to increase Public Service pay.

Let us all take a stance to Keep Public Sector public which side are you on?

Leading figures from the health world are calling for a national debate on how the NHS in England is funded.

In a letter to The Times, they say challenges from an ageing population mean the system is “creaking at the seams” and cannot continue as it is.

Signatories include the heads of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Nursing.

Without action an extra £30bn will be needed by 2020 to fund the NHS at current levels, their letter adds.

They are asking for a cross-party, independent conversation on the way forward for the “scope, provision and funding of health and social care”.

The nine signatories say that in 50 years’ time, at least two-and-a-half times as many patients will suffer from multiple health problems.

Hugh Pym said while their letter is suggesting that further action is needed to make the NHS more efficient, this will not be enough as financial pressures intensify.

“The group is calling for a national debate on what it says are the options – higher taxes, payments for some elements of health care or a review is what is available on the NHS,” he added.

Their letter says: “The status quo is not an option. We are already seeing the signs of the system creaking at the seams.”

Warning that “business as usual won’t do”, they assert there needs to be “an honest, open dialogue between politicians and citizens”.

“We need a new settlement; a fundamental, holistic agreement with the country on what health and social care should be, how and where it is delivered to maximise the quality of care, and how it should be paid for.”

This “national conversation” should start now and be completed by the end of 2015, the letter concludes.

Two signatories – Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, and Turning Point chief executive Lord Adebowale – are non-executive directors of NHS England.

It is also signed by: Sir John Oldham, who chaired the Independent Commission on Whole Person Care; Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society; Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing; Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs; Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians; Jean-Pierre van Besouw, president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and Chris Hopson, chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network.

I’m positively sure the public would want to know what the Conservatives would not want hit the headlines in all the tabloids. Ahhs shocks  the cat is out of the bag now. So here goes:

A Conservative Party donor is reported to be among contenders to become the new chairman of Ofsted.

 David Ross, who co-founded Carphone Warehouse, has been named by the Independent as favourite for the role.

As well as having donated thousands to the Conservative Party, Mr Ross has a charitable foundation which supports more than 20 academies.

The Department for Education (DfE) said the chairman recruitment process was “ongoing”.

Mr Ross resigned from Carphone Warehouse in 2008 following a share selling scandal, when he used 136 million of his 177 million shares as security against personal loans without telling anyone in the company.

As a result, he was also forced to step down from his position on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and as chairman of the Legacy Board of Advisers along with other roles.

The Ofsted chairman’s role became vacant earlier this year after Education Secretary Michael Gove decided not to keep Labour peer Baroness Morgan in the job.

Thank god for this information according to the Independent, Mr Ross has donated about £220,000 to the Conservative Party. 

The DfE spokesman said: “The recruitment process for the new chair of Ofsted is ongoing. The successful candidate will be announced in due course.

“As with all public appointments, the appointment process is being conducted in accordance with the requirements set by the Commissioner for Public Appointments and the guidance issued by the Cabinet Office Public Appointments Unit.

“An independent panel decides who is long-listed, short-listed and interviewed. After this process is complete, they recommend to ministers a list of appointable candidates.”

“So lets not have any lessons from the Conservatives on donations as it buys you a peerage and give top jobs to their Troy donors”. 








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