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Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 05 16:49

Post by cartman802 » Wed, 5th Jul 2017, 4:49pm

Post by cartman802 by cartman802 Jul 2017 05 16:49

Any recommendations for decent Union in Kent? I know the main three but does one stand out as being better at representing our interests?
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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 05 20:33

Post by Skoolkeeper » Wed, 5th Jul 2017, 8:33pm

Post by Skoolkeeper by Skoolkeeper Jul 2017 05 20:33

I can not recommend any union in Kent, But When working in a Cambridgeshire school I was a member of the T.G.W.U the reason for this the Union rep was local and his children came to my school, he was great in keeping me informed about most things such as local agreements,pay-rises and structures, it was well worth the subs, put a few feelers out,speak to other support staff in your school or other local schools or l.e.a establishments some one will know who`s who, I have got to say that the unions are not as powerful today as they was, but as said a local rep can be very handy, good luck [Like.png]

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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 05 20:38

Post by Kirma » Wed, 5th Jul 2017, 8:38pm

Post by Kirma by Kirma Jul 2017 05 20:38

Try and find out who the local caretakers are with, unions are very hit and miss I've met some very competent reps and some useless ones, but I would still recommend being in one, it's frustrating how inconsistent they are though, they make a fortune from subs. [Confused.png]

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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 06 01:04

Post by Drone » Thu, 6th Jul 2017, 1:04am

Post by Drone by Drone Jul 2017 06 01:04

UNISON or GMB. Either would be good in Kent. Personally, I am a UNISON man.

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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 06 07:36

Post by mapper » Thu, 6th Jul 2017, 7:36am

Post by mapper by mapper Jul 2017 06 07:36

I'm Birmingham and i'm in GMB. Very little input from the union. No idea if I have a rep.

I know there is a £1.50 price difference per month between GMB and Unison on my salary - Unison being cheaper. I've not got around to changing it yet.

Like vehical breakdown, I hold it purely as an insurance policy.

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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 06 08:32

Post by JohnE875 » Thu, 6th Jul 2017, 8:32am

Post by JohnE875 by JohnE875 Jul 2017 06 08:32

Cheapest for you as they are both rubbish unless you get a great local rep. Ask around your support staff get their guidance.. In this day of claim for any and everything it is something you cannot afford not to be in for the legal services if nothing else.
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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 06 09:33

Post by Drone » Thu, 6th Jul 2017, 9:33am

Post by Drone by Drone Jul 2017 06 09:33

Skoolkeeper wrote:
Wed, 5th Jul 2017, 8:33pm
I can not recommend any union in Kent, But When working in a Cambridgeshire school I was a member of the T.G.W.U the reason for this the Union rep was local and his children came to my school, he was great in keeping me informed about most things such as local agreements,pay-rises and structures, it was well worth the subs, put a few feelers out,speak to other support staff in your school or other local schools or l.e.a establishments some one will know who`s who, I have got to say that the unions are not as powerful today as they was, but as said a local rep can be very handy, good luck [Like.png]

TGWU is now called UNITE.

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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 06 10:51

Post by Mick1966 » Thu, 6th Jul 2017, 10:51am

Post by Mick1966 by Mick1966 Jul 2017 06 10:51

Not sure if they operate in your area but I am in ATL and so far quite happy with them. They have just secured us a better than usual pay rise, as it is based on salary level the lower your salary the higher your percentage pay increase.

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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 17 09:13

Post by greenjack » Mon, 17th Jul 2017, 9:13am

Post by greenjack by greenjack Jul 2017 17 09:13

Unions are only as good as their rep's. My experience has not been good. When threatened with redundancy all our rep did was shrug. If you do join be aware that some of your membership fee can be used to support the labour party but this can be stopped and your membership fee reduced.

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Re: Which Union is best for caretakers?

Jul 2017 17 09:18

Post by JohnE875 » Mon, 17th Jul 2017, 9:18am

Post by JohnE875 by JohnE875 Jul 2017 17 09:18

greenjack wrote:
Mon, 17th Jul 2017, 9:13am
Unions are only as good as their rep's. My experience has not been good. When threatened with redundancy all our rep did was shrug. If you do join be aware that some of your membership fee can be used to support the labour party but this can be stopped and your membership fee reduced.
You can opt out of this as I have. I would not support any Labour party.
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