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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 August 2021
From the shopfloor
You need a union when the time comes to fight. Join one today!
Sťamus Mac An Ghabhain, Northampton Socialist Party
I recently left my job for another, and my previous employer wanted me to pay back full training costs. A cost they wanted me to pay back before I got my month's wages, and higher than what I would get anyway.
So I phoned my union and they've helped me out so much.
I told my rep that they wanted me to work overtime (70 hours extra a week), pay for training I haven't even gained, and training that was not only statutory, but also mandatory. The rep who backed me up was calm and polite, and when I was talking off track he got me back to the point.
So I raised a grievance and had a meeting. I was so nervous that I was shaking. The rep got me to relax and told me to remember that we're not letting them get away with this without a fight. And we didn't.
Long story short, my cost decreased and every time my rep spoke or asked a question, the manager and HR couldn't give him a straight answer or give a proper reply. He had them shaking in their boots, but they had to stick with their objective, ie to get me to pay back as much as I can. So the terms and conditions after the grievance for paying back my training was better but still absolutely awful. So my rep said that we have a right to appeal and we could get more out of this. So I happily agreed.
At the end of the meeting my supervisor had to come to me and ask me to leave my work for the foreseeable future (being paid of course) because my managers didn't have the balls to tell me themselves.
I phoned my rep and we both laughed.
Join a trade union or you will wish you had one behind you when it's too late. Unions do so much more than offer car insurance and other benefits. When you tell your union what to do when the time comes they'll fight for it. Join a union!
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In The Socialist 11 August 2021:
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Why I joined the Socialist Party
Don't privatise Dudley libraries
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Review - The Struggle for World Socialism
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Unions protest at exploitative Leicester company Food Attraction
Over 3,000 votes for fighting socialist programme in CWU
NSSN to lobby TUC
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