Just disgusting! For me it’s not just about the fact that I get fed up of struggling (I do appreciate that there are lots of people worse off) but I just want to be appreciated/valued for the fact our job is hard. We work with some of the most difficult and sometimes disturbing people. At the bottom of the pile again. I love my job but I am so fed up. If we all downed tools they’d be in a mess then but I guess they know we ain’t going to do that.
And... 17 yrs qualified and not even half way up the scale.
Haha and there was me being proud of 10 years.
What about refusing to do the SPOC roles that we are being expected to do, MARAC, MAPPA, Adult/Children safeguarding etc, which are basically extra unpaid roles to free up time for management to concentrate on managing us! What about refusing to do these extra things? People are told they are good for experience, career development, their appraisal etc. In fact you are taking on extra roles and responsibilities for no extra pay with a small incentive of some workload relief if you are lucky!
Not gonna happen. Not enough of us in the Union and people are "too poor to strike" so will continue to be paid less and less. It's called future discounting. The money in my pocket now is worth more to me than the money I will not get in future. That is why we are all still here. Cept for those here for their pension.
I know. What got to me and still does when we last went on strike was there was those who did and those who didn't because they didn't think it would make a difference or couldn't afford to despite being trade union members and happily crossed lines. Now I can fully and totally appreciate that every ones circumstances differ and that people have different outgoings and commitments, but some of those who chose not to go on strike are now the ones who keep going on about how bad things are and what is going to be done about it!!!! Was it not better to have tried and failed (or succeeded) than to have failed by not trying?
And I'm not pointing fingers at anyone on here. xx
There has to be something we can do collectively to voice our concerns.
Also we have to remember that to a lot of the new people in post (who have come from the charity sector often) they cannot see what we are going on about. You get paid well above median wage, have a stack of holiday and a pension that is worth something if you stick around. There are known conditions and a measure of job security (over here in the NPS at least) If you have never had any of that then you don't know what you have lost.
Watch out for them trying to offer us something to "modernise" our pay and conditions. I don't want "Modernising" I want what we had 3% a year progression plus uprating on all scale points. 7 years from top to bottom on main grade. 33 days leave a year (36 having gone the way of the dodo) and all the other stuff we had as a right.
The problem with the last strike was we didn’t join forces with unison which was a farce. And we didn’t strike for long enough. If you’re going on strike you need to be prepared to down tools for at least a week. But people are too short sighted and feeling so down trodden they’ve got no fight left.
Absolutely and there is no point doing it half hearted. I cannot afford to lose a days pay like most of us but I might as well lose a weeks pay and I’d take the hit If we were united about it.
Modernising pay will mean basic pay and target related commission. Watch this space.
Based on appraisals. With a cap on how many people can get top billing. My advice to you all is find a mediocre team to be a beacon of brilliance in. Oh and suck up to your boss.