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Hi All,

I am interested to know if anyone here belongs to a union and if so which one. I currently belong to a private union and I am thinking of changing to a more public one. I work in IT.

Would also be great if anyone can suggest a union.


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  #1070949 20-Jun-2014 13:06
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cant help you , i have never been in a union and never will  .




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  #1070976 20-Jun-2014 13:28
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I've heard of unions for teachers, but never for IT.  Is there a union for everything?  What is the benefit of belonging to one anyway?





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  #1070980 20-Jun-2014 13:32
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Didn't even know there were IT unions in NZ, thought it was a thread about Unicorns.

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  #1070982 20-Jun-2014 13:34
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Inphinity: Didn't even know there were IT unions in NZ, thought it was a thread about Unicorns.


Same thing isn't it?

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  #1070984 20-Jun-2014 13:43
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BTR: Hi All, I am interested to know if anyone here belongs to a union and if so which one. I currently belong to a private union and I am thinking of changing to a more public one. I work in IT. Would also be great if anyone can suggest a union. Thanks

Depends which sector you work in, and can depend if there are other members on your site.

A couple of examples anyway:

EPMU (Telecommunication/ISP)
First Union (Finance/Banking)

I assume you are in some kind of employer controlled union at present? If your employer decided to establish or join a 'private' union it is a fairly safe bet there are at least one or two members of the original competing union still around.

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  #1070995 20-Jun-2014 14:10
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DravidDavid: I've heard of unions for teachers, but never for IT.  Is there a union for everything?  What is the benefit of belonging to one anyway?


If you work in IT for the Government you can join the PSA, of course it's voluntary




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  #1071030 20-Jun-2014 14:56
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What are you hoping to get out of Union membership?

I don't particularly see the attraction.

 
 
 
 


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  #1071061 20-Jun-2014 15:39
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That would be like having a union for lawyers or accountants. 

Given that IT workers are in demand I didn't think a union would be necessary. 

Also,when you join a union you are supporting the labour party whose philosophy is for hard workers to pay for the lazy -- like mixing up the ant and the grasshopper story. 

Don't get me going ha ha. 



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DravidDavid: I've heard of unions for teachers, but never for IT.  Is there a union for everything?  What is the benefit of belonging to one anyway?


When you work for a big company it can be useful if you get into a dispute with your employer, as always whough you have to remember that unions have there own agenda




 


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  #1071448 21-Jun-2014 09:33
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We get paid too much and have pretty good work conditions. Why would we need a union?

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  #1071483 21-Jun-2014 10:15
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I know nothing about the OP but the reality is not all I.T workers are in the same position.

On a minimum level union membership is a kind of insurance policy that provides you with employment advice if/when you need it and professional mediation. On a social level membership provides the same support to other people. Unrelated to that the larger unions provide a few discounts and sometimes discounted holiday accommodation in donated properties.

For those without an active membership at their workplace the CTU is offering a $1 per week option providing access to employment advice. That's pretty good value.

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