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RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers)

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Address: Unity House, 205 Euston Road, London NW1 2BL. Tel +44 (0)20 7 387 4771. Main trades and industries: railways and shipping

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      23.06.2001 15:09
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      I am a militant worker, who would no longer be a member of the modern day unions in the U.K. As a bus driver, I have seen the unions being raped of any power they may have had pre-thatcherite days. I was once a member of the R.M.T and T.G.W.U. and my advice is to save your money for this reason and a myriad of others. Several years ago I was in need of union representation for a matter that I was bought to book over (It turned out i was actually on holiday when the accusation was bought about). And I was never involved anyway. I pursued my union rep. for days before he could see me and I had to tell him my rights before we went to the hearing. He frantically wrote them down, as he had never had the benifit of training, despite being a rep. for many years. In the end he sat there motionless as he went to jelly and I had to defend myself - very successfully, thank goodness. I was compensated for the false accusation, but I wouldnt have had a leg to stand on if I hadnt known my rights. I left the union the very next day as a member and went to university to learn all about employment law. I should say at this point that I was a union rep. for years before this, but due to family commitments had to give up the post. I made it my business to know my members rights and took every training course there was. The problem today is in this country the unions have given more and more power back to the bosses and care less and less for the membership. So please think twice about wasting your hard earned cash on union membership as they wont be there for you when the need arises. My advice would be learn your rights and be armed with up to date employment rights. The employment act is available at your local library and is updated everytime an ammendment is made to the law.

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