Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Striking, isn't it?

I will be on strike next Tuesday. My employer is making almost 20% of Teaching and Lecturing staff redundant despite, in the opinion of the Union, being in surplus, taking on new managers, and paying the chief exec a salary in the region of £300K, if you want the full story you can read all about it in my previous post "I've been putting this off..."

I am a branch rep for the UCU, and I am often told that the Union does nothing ect ect, it can be quite disheartening. My standard reply is "You are the Union" but maybe I (like John Gray) should just quote an American lawyer circa 1925

"With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men." Clarence Darrow

If that's too old school for you then check this out; its an Australian board meeting on the same topic: What have the Unions ever done for us? (Really good vid but mind the language at the end!)

I've just noticed that I've got more links in this blog post than a spammers Twitter feed on a "follow friday" so while I'm on a roll... Follow me on Twitter and sign this online petition against the redundancies.

In Unity,


1 comment:

Unknown said...

The links all work but you will need to use the back button or open in new tab... Enjoy