19/09/2011 - Solidarity Trade Union does exactly what it says on the tin

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ACCORDING to Wikipedia – the free on-line encyclopedia – a trade union is an organization of workers that have banded together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions.  The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members (rank and file members) and negotiates labour contracts (collective bargaining) with employers.  This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and policies.  The agreements negotiated by the union leaders are binding on the rank and file members and the employer and in some cases on other non-member workers.”


With this description in mind, it’s easy to see that Solidarity Trade Union does exactly what it says on the tin.  We fight for the rights of our members in particular and for British workers in general.  And, with dues of only £5 per month, Solidarity probably represents the cheapest form of insurance that’s available in Britain today!


As we noted in a previous article – What did the Solidarity Union ever do for us? of 29/07/2011 - the vast majority of our cases revolve around traditional issues such as time keeping, disciplinaries and health and safety.


Here are just three more examples of the ‘bread and butter’ work that we’re involved in:


SICKNESS:  A member registered disabled under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was under a sickness review due to time off. After breaching the sickness target the member was in danger of being put on a disciplinary which can lead to dismissal. After the Union however discovered that the sickness was unrelated to the members condition but to an unrelated injury this was prevented. The Union is able to think outside the 'box'!


PROBATION PERIOD:  A member was accused of asking too many questions, arguing over policy and making too many 'suggestions' whilst under probation in the prison service.  The Union pointed out that his previous experience overseas explained his bevaviour as he was keen to offer his knowledge.  Fortunately his employer was prepared to give him a second chance and didn't rule out accepting advice in the future.  The Union is able to present and argue a reasonable case on berhalf of its' members.  


DISABILITY:  A disabled member couldn't maintain their role. The Union presented a list of 'reasonable adjustments' that could enable the member to return to work and give useful service to the employer. The latter agreed to the changes and the new 'role' will occur very soon. The Union is able to find and broker acceptable compromises.


Without Solidarity Trade Union these workers could have been facing a bleak future.  In all cases, our advice and action has – to date - prevented this.  Why not join Solidarity Trade Union – the only union which doesn’t discriminate on grounds of race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, age or political opinion.


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