Non-union members should turn down pay rises unions win

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The teachers are going out on strike - hang, draw and quarter them for having the temerity to fight for their rights under English Law. So say the union bashers.

It was interesting to read some of the comments from members of the public about the strike action in Sheffield.It amazes me how some people can’t see the wider picture. The teachers didn’t bring in the rule about fining parents for taking their kids out of school during term-time. Parents have to decide what is more important? A holiday when it’s cheaper or their kids education? I don’t blame them for choosing the former but please don’t have a go at the teachers for that. Some people have it in for workers who belong to a trade union. Why, I don’t know. There is not now the “closed shop” system and nobody can force an individual to join a trade union. However, my view is that if a trade union is present and negotiates for better pay or terms and conditions isn’t that something you should be part of? After all, these “rights” were secured over many years and let’s not kid ourselves that in Dickensian England the employers were willing to take on responsibility for their workforce. Trade unions gave workers a voice. The Labour Party was formed out of that voice though to their shame they are losing touch with their core voters. Fortunately, they may not be needed as much today because employers are much more reasonable.

If you don’t want to join a trade union and you you don’t want to pay a union subscription (and I can understand that you can’t afford to) then you can always turn down any pay rise or improved working terms that the union wins. Then you can genuinely say unions don’t support or represent you and you can go crying to the bank. It’s not going to happen but I can dream.

Ray

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