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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!

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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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News

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Tory cuts worsened crime and Johnson 'blitz' won't help

Fight energy price hike

Thanks to the miners - an example of workers' struggle and solidarity

News in brief


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Starmer's faithful Guardian


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Save Newham's theatres from Labour council cuts!

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A day in the life of a young hospitality worker

West Midlands: austerity and capitalism offers no future for young people

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Don't privatise Dudley libraries

Socialist Party: Solely funded by the working class

Review - The Struggle for World Socialism


Housing

Waltham Forest: Fighting for a home for Nadia and homes for all


History

August 1991 - The aborted military coup in the 'Soviet Union'


Workplace news

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Night tube strike suspended to allow talks - scrap compulsory duties!

RMT strike solid on East Midlands rail

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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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