Conference 07

18 06 2007

In a now sunny plymouth we are preparing for the biennial conference – I am just putting up our motions on the appropriate page on the blog.

More updates on a play by play basis once conference proper starts tomorow.


Connect Biennial Conference Business 2007

4 05 2007

At last week’s committee meeting the committee went through the report to conference – to work out our position on the work of the EC for the last two years and what new policy we feel is required. As this is a rules revision conference we have to consider the proposed rules changes that are proposed.

We have a few new propositions that we feel need to be connect policy and there are some proposed rule changes we feel are not in the best interest of democracy and the long term goals of the members of Connect.

As the propositions and amendments to the biennial report have yet to be published we will not publish our business until then.

Contact one of the committee if you have any questions/comments.

Sad to see union general Secretary making a fool of him self

25 04 2007

Sad to see that the PAT has been in the news with some frankly foolish comments on wifi.

Totally ignoring the fact that wifi uses far lower power levels that mobile phones use and they use similar bands – and how the inverse square law as it applies to Electromagnetism. Presumably PAT don’t have any Physics teachers as members.

Unfortunetly even some of the broadsheet press had picked up on this and some bright spark even gave up the name of the member who raised the problem to the telegraph.

I did like the comment on the register:

Full marks to the PAT for fingering Wi-Fi as the course of teachers maladies. A less sympathetic organisation might have put the headaches and nausea down to the drink and drunks-fuelled haze that the National Union of Teachers says it members slip into as a result of their stressful jobs. ®

Peppone comments:

Thanks to our comrades in PAT for making our job of recruiting in the mobile and the new wimax companies  harder 😦

New compensation limits from 1 Feb

21 03 2007

The Government has carried out its annual review of the tribunal compensation limits. The upper limit for the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £58,400 to £60,600.

The cap on a week’s pay for the purpose of calculating redundancy payments and for calculation of the basic award in unfair dismissal cases goes up to £310.

Vodafone union recognition dispute

14 03 2007

The Register has a short piece on the ongoing efforts by Connect to achieve recognition and collective bargaining at Vodaphone.