Corrosive union influence doesn’t affect academies

PACA in Portslade

PACA in Portslade

First published in Letters

While glancing at The Argus letters page, my heart sank after catching sight of the words “will take us back to the bad old days” contained in a letter from Councillor Anne Pissaridou.

Having felt that I have endured more than enough bad old days over the years, I am disinclined to have to endure more, so was immediately curious as to what this new dose of bad old days equated to.

Being of a certain age, I recall coming homefrom work in the late 1970s to total darkness, because it was our turn to have an electrical power cut.

I recall mountains of uncollected rubbish in the streets, bins unemptied, the dead stacking up in mortuaries because they could not be buried.

Worst of all regularly having to queue for long periods at garages trying to buy some rationed petrol.

For the avoidance of doubt, this mayhem was all courtesy of the Labour party/government and the unions.

To my relief this latest bad news was nothing of the sort, merely related to Coun Pissaridou’s opinion that young people will now be disadvantaged in life, all due to Michael Gove’s long overdue reforms of the flawed school exam system.

In this case, the fact of the matter is the exact opposite is happening of what she predicts.

My local school, PACA, is an academy and this year has produced the largest number of quality GCSE grades (77%) seen for many years. Hardly a demonstration of depriving young people of opportunities to aspire.

Should we be totally honest, the Labour party’s real problem with education is that academies and free schools are now free of the corrosive public sector union influence, who now have no say how they are run.

I suggest that this is the real bone of contention for you and your party Coun Pissaridou.

Trevor Alford

Ex councillor for North Portslade

New England Rise

Portslade

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1:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

tonupboy says...

It made me smile and relived when I read of Mr Tearvor Alfords opinion of a life under a Labour government of the 1970s, (take us back to the bad old days) that he wasn’t really having a dig at the Callaghan Government of the 70s.
However, I would like to remind him that for half of that decade was under the Conservatives.
In the early 70s under the Tories we got decimalisation which resulted in a 30% devalue of everyone’s wages overnight, then we had Arab Oil crisis, a trebling of cude Oil prices and the subsequent industrial action (strikes) as workers fought to keep up income’s levels due to inflation caused by the former.
Please remember, life under any past any Labour government was nothing compared to decades of misery under a Conservative Government, Riots in many cities, whole communities destroyed my big city asset strippers (Spivs) and monetarist polices.
Lets face it, life was and is never as grim as under any Tory regime!
I know I was there, 1969 - 1980 working in Industry (Engineering) not poncing about in an nice, safe, comfortable office job!
It made me smile and relived when I read of Mr Tearvor Alfords opinion of a life under a Labour government of the 1970s, (take us back to the bad old days) that he wasn’t really having a dig at the Callaghan Government of the 70s. However, I would like to remind him that for half of that decade was under the Conservatives. In the early 70s under the Tories we got decimalisation which resulted in a 30% devalue of everyone’s wages overnight, then we had Arab Oil crisis, a trebling of cude Oil prices and the subsequent industrial action (strikes) as workers fought to keep up income’s levels due to inflation caused by the former. Please remember, life under any past any Labour government was nothing compared to decades of misery under a Conservative Government, Riots in many cities, whole communities destroyed my big city asset strippers (Spivs) and monetarist polices. Lets face it, life was and is never as grim as under any Tory regime! I know I was there, 1969 - 1980 working in Industry (Engineering) not poncing about in an nice, safe, comfortable office job! tonupboy
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2:49pm Mon 1 Sep 14

salty_pete says...

Well, tonupboy, my recollections of this period are similar to Mr Alford. I also was working in engineering in the 70's and 80's, but when I changed jobs in 1974, I had to belong to a different gang/union before I could start, because the unions had strong armed the Labour government to pass the most pernicious piece of legislation ever, that allowed for "closed shops" to flourish. That half decade you mention under the Tories were completely ham strung by the death grip that the unions had over manufacturing and public services. Having been a committed member of the working class since leaving school 45 years ago, I can say personally my financial prospects have always been better off under a Conservative government, and always been worse off under Labour. But then I've never been on benefits.
Well, tonupboy, my recollections of this period are similar to Mr Alford. I also was working in engineering in the 70's and 80's, but when I changed jobs in 1974, I had to belong to a different gang/union before I could start, because the unions had strong armed the Labour government to pass the most pernicious piece of legislation ever, that allowed for "closed shops" to flourish. That half decade you mention under the Tories were completely ham strung by the death grip that the unions had over manufacturing and public services. Having been a committed member of the working class since leaving school 45 years ago, I can say personally my financial prospects have always been better off under a Conservative government, and always been worse off under Labour. But then I've never been on benefits. salty_pete
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7:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14

ourcoalition says...

Trevor needs to check his history - queue's at garages were due to OPEC, not Labour. Most power cuts were under dear old Edward Heath.

Academy's - 90% of support staff at PACA, BACA, and Whitehawk are UNISON members - similar numbers of Teachers are in the NUT. So much for no more Unions....

We ran the schools - when, where, how? Never did, never will.

The results have gone up - by some miracle, or by the hard work of the staff - our members?

Any disasters in schools are due to that ex-Minister, Gove, whose obsession with Academy's (many failing), Free Schools (generally not wanted in their areas) and exam changes, are not only proving a failed experiment, but also costing us, the taxpayer, millions.

Both BACA and Whitehawk were "improving" when they were forced to become Academy's, and there was no reason to think this wouldn't continue.

However, the adage, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, still holds good for Trevor.

And despite the attacks on Unions, the figures speak for themselves - the vast majority of staff in the 3 Academy's still believe in them, and remain members. We aren't going away, whatever you do!!!
Trevor needs to check his history - queue's at garages were due to OPEC, not Labour. Most power cuts were under dear old Edward Heath. Academy's - 90% of support staff at PACA, BACA, and Whitehawk are UNISON members - similar numbers of Teachers are in the NUT. So much for no more Unions.... We ran the schools - when, where, how? Never did, never will. The results have gone up - by some miracle, or by the hard work of the staff - our members? Any disasters in schools are due to that ex-Minister, Gove, whose obsession with Academy's (many failing), Free Schools (generally not wanted in their areas) and exam changes, are not only proving a failed experiment, but also costing us, the taxpayer, millions. Both BACA and Whitehawk were "improving" when they were forced to become Academy's, and there was no reason to think this wouldn't continue. However, the adage, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, still holds good for Trevor. And despite the attacks on Unions, the figures speak for themselves - the vast majority of staff in the 3 Academy's still believe in them, and remain members. We aren't going away, whatever you do!!! ourcoalition
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7:51pm Tue 2 Sep 14

L bailey says...

It always seems to me that labour cause the problems and conservatives get us back on a straight road only to have it reversed again when labour take over. I remember when labour voted against the selling of council houses, it turned out that the majority of them had already bought theirs, seems they are at the very least two faced. Now the GMB is running them god help us all.
It always seems to me that labour cause the problems and conservatives get us back on a straight road only to have it reversed again when labour take over. I remember when labour voted against the selling of council houses, it turned out that the majority of them had already bought theirs, seems they are at the very least two faced. Now the GMB is running them god help us all. L bailey
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10:35am Thu 4 Sep 14

tonupboy says...

salty_pete wrote:
Well, tonupboy, my recollections of this period are similar to Mr Alford. I also was working in engineering in the 70's and 80's, but when I changed jobs in 1974, I had to belong to a different gang/union before I could start, because the unions had strong armed the Labour government to pass the most pernicious piece of legislation ever, that allowed for "closed shops" to flourish. That half decade you mention under the Tories were completely ham strung by the death grip that the unions had over manufacturing and public services. Having been a committed member of the working class since leaving school 45 years ago, I can say personally my financial prospects have always been better off under a Conservative government, and always been worse off under Labour. But then I've never been on benefits.
Well Salty Pete, you do sound like one of those working class, Tory, C O C K S U C K E R I N G voters, that bought their council home and then got all high and mighty in life!
[quote][p][bold]salty_pete[/bold] wrote: Well, tonupboy, my recollections of this period are similar to Mr Alford. I also was working in engineering in the 70's and 80's, but when I changed jobs in 1974, I had to belong to a different gang/union before I could start, because the unions had strong armed the Labour government to pass the most pernicious piece of legislation ever, that allowed for "closed shops" to flourish. That half decade you mention under the Tories were completely ham strung by the death grip that the unions had over manufacturing and public services. Having been a committed member of the working class since leaving school 45 years ago, I can say personally my financial prospects have always been better off under a Conservative government, and always been worse off under Labour. But then I've never been on benefits.[/p][/quote]Well Salty Pete, you do sound like one of those working class, Tory, C O C K S U C K E R I N G voters, that bought their council home and then got all high and mighty in life! tonupboy
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10:53am Tue 9 Sep 14

Andy R says...

There was unofficial industrial action for a few weeks at TWO cemeteries in the whole country - one in Liverpool and one in London.

From this we get "the dead lay unburied". Just one of the many myths about the 1970's (half of which were actually covered by Tory governments).
There was unofficial industrial action for a few weeks at TWO cemeteries in the whole country - one in Liverpool and one in London. From this we get "the dead lay unburied". Just one of the many myths about the 1970's (half of which were actually covered by Tory governments). Andy R
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