Joining a Union

Not quite as exciting as a member pack dropping through the door, but it’ll do for now…

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I think this is the most appropriate thread for this

(the other episodes are good too, but this one with Kate Flood in particular is worth a listen)

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Some caveats in here though:

hmmm will be interesting to see what happens. here’s what i made today.

Aaaaaand now I’m on strike on Thursday.

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indie rock / union crossover

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Does anyone know of a Union which specialises in call centre workers?

Can they join the union that represents the industry they’re a call centre for? I know people who do that sort of work for Royal Mail can join the CWU.

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happy may day xo

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We came out of dispute on Wednesday after five days of striking and a ballot for further action short of a strike.

I could really do with a year where I don’t have to strike if I’m honest.

Thanks for this. I didn’t realise the NUJ covered folks who do online writing stuff, reporting and copywriting etc.

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@moderators it might be worth chucking this into the PoliticsBook boards?

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I have a similar question also based on the link above, hope you dont mind me piggybacking. I work in retail in a head office role. It’s suggesting GMB, Unite or USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers).

Anyone know if there’s any advantage in joining an industry-specific union when it seems to be aimed at people whose role is quite different to yours? (Would they even accept non-customer facing retail employees?)

I don’t know anyone in a union here, quite hard to choose!

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My experiences with unite have always been fine. I’ve only ever used them for advice but it’s been really useful. Not currently a member though. Community are a labour affiliate too so theoretically that’s some type of influence… - difficult question!

A consideration for me is whether the union has a political party affiliation. And on that basis I’d join none of them and would probably look into the IWW instead. But I appreciate that’ll not be a concern for everyone.

A more common factor in preference would probably be whether your workplace has a specific formally recognised union or unions. Which is possibly not something that’s well-advertised, so obtaining this information might be best done by talking to colleagues.

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