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    Default Do you understand strike action?

    I don't think I do.

    I don't come from a union background, have never been in a union myself so struggle to understand the mindset behind those that do.

    The company I work for has been going through "modernisation" and change much the same as being quoted in the news.

    I have not received a pay review for 2 years, I have recently been promoted without a pay increase (basically more work for no more money), the company have over the past 12 months made nearly 50% of our workforce redundant. We've had no bonus, with no immediate prospect of any.

    If I then refused to work until my demands were met, I'd be out of a job.

    I'm fortunate that in the main, the company I work for are relatively fair - I may not agree with a number of their practises, and decisions - but that's working life isn't it?

    This is a genuine question, I'm just trying to understand, not necessarily spark debate.

    Are unions out of step compared to say in the 70/80's when a larger part of the UK workforce were unionised?

    I'm somewhat naiive to the whole union thing, but would like my opinion to be balanced rather than as it is presently.
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    I personally think they are doing themselves out of jobs. The strikes will be resolved then next year I wouldn't be surprised if some of the companies were privatised. That's just my thought, appologies to any folk who are going through these strikes at the moment.
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    I'm the same Wayne. It's beyond me.
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    I spoke to my postie who doesn't want to strike but Adam Crozier (big Boss) is making life hell for them. He has altered working so that to finish their quota they are often doing it on their OWN TIME. He is also not willing to negotiate hence the strike action. I am usually against strike action as I believe mediation is the way but if one party won't shift.... what else is there to do. I think the posties ought to let the public know more of the facts, I'm sure the public would be a little more understanding - There but for the grace of God, go I.
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    I'm a bit out of things over here- but are you referring to the postal strike? Surely all the couriers aren't on strike???...if not- won't peeps just use other couriers and stay with them???
    Life has to go on- and loyalty doesn't seem to count for much these days ( unfortunately)

    When you see what the Unions have done for the British work force since the 70's compared to over here.....it's unbelievable the difference in consumer and workers rights!!!!
    ( eg- if you take a Friday as annual leave- it counts as 2 days because Saturday is a potential working day- even if you could never work that day because the office/factory is closed!!!) I wonder how that would go down in the UK??? plenty, plenty more crazy , unjust 'things' like that.

    There must surely come a limit when you can't/shouldn't push any more?????

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    Hi Nicos.
    Its not just the postmen, it's the binmen & the firemen as well........not had bin emptied by council for 8 weeks.....good job private companies are doing it or it would stink.
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    What's the strike situation like over there in France, Nicos? I alway heard the French were much more militant than the Brits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    Hi Nicos.
    Its not just the postmen, it's the binmen & the firemen as well........not had bin emptied by council for 8 weeks.....good job private companies are doing it or it would stink.

    hmm..doesn't sound good
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